On 14 April there are 771k cases of the coronavirus across the EU. About 70k people lost their lives. 224k have been cured, or so we think and 477k people are still sick.
Against this picture, there are hundreds of myths about Covid-19 across the EU. One of them is that there are so many sick people in Western Europe and so few in the Eastern part of the EU. I just put into a table the amount of testing across EU member states. I think it is self explanatory. There is a clear bottom of this table: who doesn’t test?
First is Romania and Bulgaria, EU’s poorest members. Second are Poland and Hungary, whose governments are so focused on power grab and window dressing rather than addressing the real issues. Is this a chance? Have a look at the table:
Croatia and Greece are also not exactly the best organised countries. Plus Croatia just had an earthquake in Zagreb. Then is France, the true worry: well organised, at the helm of the European solutions, yet so slow to react.
France will be the key to win the fight against the coronavirus, but also will be the key to win the fight about the EU’s fate in this changed new reality.