ISTANBUL 

As the world struggles to tackle a historic pandemic, decisions by governments across the world to fight COVID-19 will form our future and the shape of things in the post-coronavirus era.

“The pandemic has shown that in order to have a functioning political and economic system, we need to think about creating a welfare state that takes care of the social classes in need,” said Birgul Demirtas, a political scientist at the Istanbul-based Turkish-German University.

Demirtas cited a 2019 report by U.K.-based charity Oxfam saying that the 26 richest people in the world own as much as the poorest

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