The EU in Times of Post Pandemic Recovery: reconciling distrust and solidarity?’
The pandemic crisis response in the EU is the result of the combination and experience learned from different challenges. The Euro crisis, the migration crisis, the Brexit crisis, as well as the inherent regulatory crisis that affects the balance of competences between the EU and the Member States were opportunities to learn and to do better in future. A lot of things improved, primarily the attempt to respond to the pandemic crisis as a single bloc rather than as individual Member States or following the temptation of intergovernmental response. There is however an ongoing tension between the Member States and the EU, as well as between the different Member States. The pandemic hit the Member States in different ways, and, outside the common economic response, generated also a variety of different answers. Will this tension between the mutual distrust of the individual choices be reconciled with the need for a common overarching solidarity?