Virus triggers an existential moment for Europe
Already within Europe, national governments have set up barriers where there were none, halting travelers and blocking medical supplies from going to other countries. E.U. leaders on Tuesday insisted that they would guarantee free circulation of goods across the zone, even as people become ensnared in lockdowns and travel bans.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) March 17, 2020
The continent is now at the heart of the pandemic, with infections still spiking. In its worst-affected country, Italy, the total number of confirmed cases rose Tuesday to over 31,000, an increase of more than 3,500 from the day before. Authorities also reported 345 new deaths, bringing the death toll to above 2,500.
The severity of the moment is apparent. Parisians …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]