The EU and Sputnik: between pressure and unity

PABLO R. SUANZES

Brussels

Updated Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 22:48

Germany’s step to acquire the Russian Sputnik vaccine causes a lot of sensation and even surprise among the 27 member states

The Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus REUTERS Pandemic Germany accelerates the entry of the Sputnik vaccine into the European Union Coronavirus Germany negotiates bilaterally with Russia the purchase of the Sputnik vaccine

In 2008, European countries tried to cope with the biggest economic crisis since 1929 with one hand tied behind their back. They responded with a single monetary policy but infinite different fiscal policies and on many incompatible levels, and they did so much more slowly and with less firepower than their competitors. In 2020, 27 partners have tried to deal with the worst pandemic in a century in a reasonably coordinated way, but without a common health policy.

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