The Public’s response against the European Union in Italy is developing as individuals have barraged the coalition with allegations of insufficient help in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
Italians uploaded videos on social media in which they lift the flag of China and Russia rather than the EU’s 12 stars to show the solidarity with China and Russia, which forces the Italian government to keep distancing from the coalition EU’s Bloc. After the ignorance over COVID-19, the Italian public seems to force the government of their will as non-reliance nation from the European Union. Both China and Russia have delivered medical teams and equipment to the virus-hit country, while the EU reportedly remains unresponsive to the crisis.
Politicians also started to join the Italian’s protests as the number of deaths reached 12,000 on Tuesday. In a video, a member of Italian Fratelli d’Italia, Fabio Rampelli is seen removing the EU flag from his chambers, replacing it with the Italian national flag.
Last week, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned that EU leaders were in danger of making “tragic mistakes.”
“If Europe does not rise to this unprecedented challenge, the whole European structure loses its raison d’etre to the people,” Conte said.
“I represent a country that is suffering a lot and I cannot afford to procrastinate,” he added.
George Soros has pledged to donate €1 million
George Soros is giving over $1 million to the City of Milan to help it end and recover from its devastating coronavirus outbreak, the former hedge fund manager announced in a statement emailed to Business Insider on Tuesday.
The donation came the day after Soros announced that he would give a separate €1 million (over $1 million) gift to help his native Budapest provide for its elderly and homeless populations through his non-profit, Open Society Foundations. Both gifts are part of Soros’ larger “series of interventions” in Europe’s coronavirus crisis, the 89-year-old billionaire’s son Alex Soros said in the statement.
EU steering clear from Italy
The Italian government has accused the EU and its member states of being slow in coming to the country’s aid over the coronavirus epidemic.
As leaders held a summit by videoconference and concurred that up to 70% of Europeans could be contaminated by Covid-19, Italy’s diplomat to the EU whined of an absence of solidarity among member states.
Maurizio Massari said Brussels expected to “go past commitment and discussions” and devise “crisis activities that are quick, concrete and successful”.
A flashpoint has been the failure of member states to respond to a call by Italy for extra supplies of medical equipment, including masks.
Germany and France are among the EU countries to have imposed limits on the export of protective medical equipment, while China has offered to sell Italy 1,000 lung ventilators, 2m masks, 20,000 protective suits and 50,000 swabs for coronavirus tests.
“Today, this means Italy; tomorrow, the need could be elsewhere. Italy has already asked to activate the European Union mechanism of civil protection for the supply of medical equipment for individual protection. But unfortunately not a single EU country responded to the commission’s call. Only China responded bilaterally. Certainly this is not a good sign of European solidarity.” – Massari wrote on Politico’s website
Pakistan mucks in with Italy
Pakistan has announced that it will give 500,000 tablets of chloroquine, a medication valuable for the treatment of coronavirus patients, to Italy, the Italian foreign affairs ministry said in a statement on its website.
Italy’s Foreign Affairs Minister Luigi Di Maio appreciated Pakistan’s contribution of medicines at a time when the country is itself experiencing a severe spike in the number of infections.