Bild: Corona victims - Brescia, Northern Italy, march 2020 - Foto: picture alliance/dpaClaudio Furlan
Corona victims - Brescia, Northern Italy, march 2020

Corona pandemic

An existential threat!

1.  Corona experiences

 

March 2020 - lockdown: Under the impression of the shocking pictures from Northern Italy showing the acute, lethal, global threat of the corona virus, governments around the world - also in Europe - took, often drastic, emergency measures, adapted to the situation in their country, to protect the population and to avoid a total collapse of the national health system.

 

In summer 2020, with the first wave subsiding, the citizens demanded more and more vehemently a fast return to normality, democracy and personal responsibility, and governments relaxed their emergency measures as soon as the local situation allowed. In autumn 2020, however, they were forced by a strongly increasing number of infections, to tighten the screw again and, depending on the development of the pandemic in their country, to take widely differing protective measures - from information, education and recommendations, test, tracing and vaccination campaigns to partial or full lockdowns, and to provide massive financial help to the sectors particularly affected by Corona.

 

For a long time, the supranational and global organizations, including the EU, hardly appeared in view of the dominant emergency situation and the hectic activities at the national and regional levela. The EU struggled  for a "European" approach but initially had little success with the joint procurement of vaccines. On July 21, 2020, after lengthy discussions, the Union achieved a breakthrough with the 750 billion euro aid program for the most severely affected member states, followed, a year later, by a standardized vaccination passport  for all members and for numerous non-member countries which is issued by national governments, who are fighting by now with the 3rd, 4th or 5th corona wave - depending on the country and perspective - and who are in charge to take and relax the constantly changing emergency measures in their country.

 

  

2.  What now?

 

How shall Europe deal with pandemics in the future? - According to question 11 of the questionnaire of Our New Europe, all citizens throughout Europe are invited to choose one of the following three strategies:

  1. EU - top down:  "Brussels" is calling for a uniform European approach to cope with Corona and with future pandemics and for important new competencies, in particular for:
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    • The centralization of measures to protect the population, e.g. the procurement of vaccines and the
      coordination of border closings, lockdowns, tracing, test and vaccination campaigns;
    • Effective aid with a lasting effect on the particularly hard-hit member countries, following the example
      of the 750 billion € "NextGenerationEU" plan (for the digitalization and "greening" of Europe's economy);
    • The financing of these EU aid packages by means of bonds on the capital market (debts) and via EU budget with transfer payments from the rich to the poorer EU countries;
    • In the longer term: A "European" Health Union and an EU tax to ensure the long-term funding of help.
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  2. Citizens - bottom up: We empowered citizens throughout Europe want our country to assume its full responsibility to fight pandemics, so that it can react to the continuously changing local needs with the required rapidly effective measures - without delay, flexibly and whenever necessary.

    Especially in emergencies, our government has to rely urgently on us, responsible citizens - who, vice versa, in order to be able to trust our government at all, are imperatively dependent on fact-based, transparent, non-manipulated, plausible, and easily understandable official information and recommendations, e.g. regarding the home office, hygiene, mask and social distancing rules, tracing, test and vaccination campaigns and, especially, on binding regulations such as lockdowns, which even in pandemics shall only be implemented with great caution, as a last resort, if possible limited to the public area!

    To be better prepared for the next pandemic and to be able to react faster, national emergency plans and a powerful, crisis-proven national emergency organization have to be established without delay with the involvement of all the relevant state and private agents, and the national emergency legislation has to be adapted, and then to be approved by us citizens in referenda. - At the international level, our country shall consistently ask for an unbureaucratic, efficient European cooperation and for a reliable global pandemic monitoring and alarm system at the UN/WHO.
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  3. Plenipotentiary government:  Our government  - in order to fight the negative consequences of Corona and of new pandemics quickly, effectively and with a lasting effect - is calling for comprehensive permanent competencies to quickly implement - if necessary temporarily even without parliament - tailor-made emergency programs, in particular:
  • Mandatory regulations, e.g. for border closings, lockdowns and the home office, but also for efficient financial incentives, e.g. for vaccination, test and tracing campaigns;
  • Broad aid programs to revitalize and to strengthen the economy with a lasting effect, and to avoid mass unemployment, bankruptcy cascades and an impoverishment of our country's population;
  • An increase of the national debt to finance aid programs on a long-term basis, supported by low interest
    rates and by an expansive monetary policy of the national central bank;
  • The task of the EU consists in supporting member states quickly and unbureaucratically.

 

3.  Democratic Manifesto

The democratic manifesto of Our New Europe is intended to trigger an irresistible online revolt across Europe with the dangerously aggressive "democracy virus" for a new, diverse, democratic and peaceful Europe - the Europe of citizens, with and for us responsible citizens, in which all Europeans - corona critics, skeptics, deniers and risk groups - have a say in the pandemic strategy by means of referenda:

 

  1. High-risk persons particularly threatened by Corona who demand massive centralized state protection measures: EU top-down or full powers for national governments;
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  2. Corona skeptics, deniers and critics who insist on personal responsibility and co-determination of pandemic policy by us empowered citizens!
     
Moment of truth for us citizens across Europe!

 

Image: Pandemic of peace and democracy throughout Europe! - We can do it! - With you!
Pandemic of peace and democracy throughout Europe! - We can do it! - With you!