This is the news that EUropa has eagerly awaited: Two pharmaceutical laboratories – Moderna and Pfizer/Biontech – have applied for approval of their COVID 19 vaccines. But the vaccination hype should be treated with caution.
It was an embarrassing mishap: During a confidential video conference of EU defence ministers a Dutch journalist managed to “hack” into the system. All of Brussels laughed at the scoop, because the password was distributed via Twitter.
The fronts have hardened in the dispute over the rule of law and the EU budget. Brussels is already talking about a “systemic crisis”, and “nuclear options” are being considered. The situation is serious – but not only because of Hungary and Poland.
First Syria, then Libya, now North Karabakh: Russia and Turkey keep intervening in foreign countries, they keep shifting borders at their discretion. The EU stands idle, the German Presidency shines with inaction.
The new measures against Corona threaten to plunge the euro area back into recession. In France, Italy and Spain, it could take until 2030 to recover lost growth and balance the budget.