Do Germany’s border closures signal a new stage in Europe’s COVID-19 response?

German police officers stand at the French-German border between Kehl and Strasbourg, on March 16, 2020 in Kehl, as part of border control operations. Germany has reintroduced border controls with France, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg and Denmark from March 16, 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, interior minister Horst Seehofer said the day before.

Following Germany’s stepped-up response to the coronavirus in Europe, Constanze Stelzenmüller details Germany’s new social restrictions, the economic impact of European border closures, and how EU coordination is crucial to protect the more vulnerable nations and societies in Europe.

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