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In Europe, COVID-19 Extends the Tenure of Fragile Governments

Adriano Bosoni
Senior Europe Analyst, Stratfor
Mar 30, 2020 | 17:21 GMT
An illustration of a microscope image of the new coronavirus and a surgical mask overlaying a 100 euro banknote.

A surgical mask and microscopic images of the new coronavirus overlay a 100 euro banknote. As it tears EU economies apart, the COVID-19 pandemic is also helping unite the bloc's formerly fragmented governments.

(Shutterstock/Kenan Stocks)

The coronavirus outbreak is ravaging Europe’s economy by simultaneously bringing production, consumption, investment and trade to a near halt. But the pandemic is also helping freeze the Continent's political crises by forcing governments to unite against the escalating existential threat. Europe's political tumult, however, will return once the immediate contagion has abated. And several countries, in particular, will see a combination of financial and legislative fragility that will limit their ability to deal with the enduring economic repercussions.  ...

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