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.
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:
The democratic manifesto of Our New Europe wants to trigger with the dangerously aggressive democracy virus (а completely new Corona mutant EUVID-21 suddenly spreading en masse across Europe) a huge online pandemic for a new, diverse, democratic Europe - the Europe of the citizens, with and for us citizens, in which EU supporters, opponents and critics can co-determine an optimal global strategy to fight pandemics by means of referenda:
Corona - chance for our new,
diverse, democratic Europe!
For millions of empowered citizens throughout Europe!