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IDM Policy Paper Series

The IDM Policy Paper Series (IDM PPS) regularly addresses current political issues with a focus on the Danube region, Central and Southeastern Europe. Renowned authors develop policy solutions (PS) that are aimed at decision-makers, experts, journalists and the interested public. The aim of these is to describe a problem and to point out concrete solutions with a maximum of 12,000 characters. Finally, further information can be provided for in-depth study (PPS). The editorial team selects the topics and determines the authors. Although the contents are edited for clarity, the policy solutions reflect only the opinion of the authors. The IDM PPS is available open-access and barrier-free.

IDM Policy Paper Series 1/2020

IDM Policy Paper Series 1/2020

COVID-19 in the Danube Region – resilience or reversion of European integration?

Sebastian Schäffer/Daniel Martínek/Babrik Kushwaha

By now the coronavirus pandemic has influenced the life in each and every country in the world. In the Danube Region, the emergency measures against a further spread of the COVID-19 disease are, however, producing mixed results. The current crisis shows a diversity of approaches that the countries have undertaken, as well as different capabilities in coping with the invisible danger. We have arrived at the historical crossroads, where not only our immune systems but also our very foundations of democracy as well as tools for cooperation are challenged. We will provide an overview on the different reactions by governments in the Danube Region to the outbreak of the virus and offer recommendations for future political developments resulting from these initial observations.

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