Europe’s “Mission Accomplished” moment

Luca Silipo
Jun 22, 2020 · 7 min read

Macron and Merkel jointly declared that they want the EU to be better prepared for the next pandemic… can we finish this one, first?

George W. Bush declared victory only two months after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The war continued for years after that, claiming the lives of of more than 4,000 U.S. soldiers, the great majority of them after Bush’s speech on board of the USS Abraham Lincoln, on May 1, 2003.
This chart plots countries’ COVID death per million inhabitant against their longitude. Different colours represent continents. Death rates tend to increase as we move West. Also, continent is a good predictor of death rates for Asian and Americas’ countries. In Europe, the situation is very diversified across the continent. Countries in the German sphere of influence (except the Netherlands) tend to fare better, while the situation is much worse elsewhere. Source: own.
Above: BlackLivesMatter protest in Berlin’s Alexander Platz, on June 6, 2020. Credits: Die Zeit. Below: daily new infections in Berlin (in yellow) have increased significantly starting June 12, 2020, 6 days after the protest. Too much of a coincidence to be a spurious link?

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