As the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak this month shifted from China to Europe, with nearly half of confirmed deaths to date in Italy alone, the EU is under fire for failing to mount a united response to counter the virus, also known as COVID-19.

“The EU’s response has been mixed, although it is rapidly improving,” Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, a political scientist at Istanbul’s Kadir Has University, told Anadolu Agency:

“We need to remember that the pandemic is causing two national, EU-wide, and global crises – a health crisis with existentialist dimensions as well as an economic crash,” he added.

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