Since the first case of non-Asian human-to-human transmission of the new crown occurred in the Starnberg region of Bavaria, Germany on January 28 this year, the epidemic in Europe has been out of control like a flood.
Under such severe circumstances,
The news exposed by the Swiss media revealed a shady tip: the 240,000 masks purchased by Switzerland overseas,
This first interception will never be the last. In the face of the epidemic, Europe has long existed
On March 7, local time, the Swiss "New Zurich Newspaper Weekend Edition" reported that a truck with 240,000 masks was seized by German customs when it was transported from Germany to Switzerland. Subsequently, the Swiss authorities stated that this was a German export of medical protective equipment. The abuse of the ban and calls for an emergency meeting with the German ambassador on this issue.
The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) issued a statement on the 8th,
The German explanation is that the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs issued a ban on March 4 due to the gradual increase in the number of confirmed cases of the new crown virus in the country and the shortage of domestic medical supplies.
Under the global division of labor, Switzerland is positioning itself as a high-value-added industrial product producer, with precision machinery, pharmaceutical research, and finance as its national economic pillars.
Switzerland's imperfect industrial system has shown obvious fragility in a special period.
The dispute between the two parties lies in the ownership of this batch of masks, which seems to have no objection. The orders placed by the Swiss company come from East Asian countries such as China, and the German customs seems to have no right to seize them. But actually,
Switzerland is also accustomed to long-term cooperation with German transshipment companies.
Another influencing factor is,
But no coastline,
I don’t know if it was the Swiss side’s rush to mediate, or the German side who was consciously ugly. On March 10, a source at the German customs said,
However, before Merkel's voice was heard, Italy in the south also started, intercepting a batch of disinfection water imported from Italy by Switzerland.
The phrase "used correctly" conceals a lot of disgraceful things that are happening. According to the Swiss Ministry of Economy, it is only
The spread of the epidemic in Europe prompts European countries to quickly start a battle for materials, and various European countries have explicitly or secretly introduced corresponding policies. Although many European countries deny that there is a ban on the export of medical supplies,
The Italian “Daily” reported on the 13th that Dispotech in Gordona, Sondrio, Italy purchased 830,000 masks from China, and they were also transferred through German companies. These masks suffered the same fate as Swiss surgical gloves.
The French government, which has always called for European integration, has also taken the lead in Europe in its self-protection policy during the epidemic. March 3,
This was the first administrative order in a European country to publicly prohibit the export of medical supplies, and Germany followed suit the next day.
It is worth noting that
For example, the battle for protective equipment due to the new crown virus epidemic has intensified: the British National Medical System ordered millions of masks from Valmy SAS near Lyon, France, and the order for millions of masks was cancelled. Valmy SAS signed a long-term agreement with the British National Medical System. , The agreement is invalidated because of the ban. This not only affected the company’s economic returns,
例如，由于新的冠状病毒流行而引发的防护设备之战愈演愈烈：英国国家医疗系统从法国里昂附近的瓦尔米SAS订购了数百万个口罩，而数百万个口罩的订单也被取消。 Valmy SAS与英国国家医疗系统签署了一项长期协议。 ，由于该禁令，该协议无效。这不仅影响了公司的经济回报，
Germany, Italy, France and Britain have closed their doors to protect themselves. It is also a microcosm of the current gradual division of Europe. A gradual fragmentation of Europe is an irreversible trend, but this epidemic has become a magic mirror, leaving everything invisible.
And for a small country like Switzerland that has an incomplete industrial system and does not participate in the EU, it is not just credibility that has lost. From the news that masks were blocked on March 7th, to March 16th, the number of confirmed patients with new coronary pneumonia in Switzerland increased tenfold.
At a recent press conference, the head of the infectious disease department of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health stated that the government can provide more than one mask for every Swiss resident, but at the same time,
Since the passage of the Paris Treaty in 1951,
This of course also brought a series of economic consequences:
Because people firmly believe in European integration, business organizations also tend to look for countries with comparative advantages in industries at lower transaction costs.
This makes the economy of a single European country, especially its industrial products, highly dependent on foreign countries. European powers such as Germany and France are also constantly
This plan has brought great benefits to Western European countries,
In most of Europe,
However, with the rise of nationalist sentiment and the impact of the refugee crisis, the free flow between East and West Europe has increasingly caused dissatisfaction among Western European residents.
But no one thought that the epidemic would make this scene happen in advance. Beginning on March 13, Denmark, Poland, and Cyprus have successively announced the prohibition of entry of foreigners, Greece has suspended all flights to and from Italy, Portugal and Montenegro have introduced strict policies, and any foreign ships entering the two countries will be prohibited from disembarking their passengers. . According to AFP report,
The latest news on March 16 is that Germany has also closed its borders with France, Austria, and Switzerland, enclosing its own protection.
As Serbian President Vucic said, it turns out, "
After experiencing the impact of the epidemic, there will be more and more Europeans thinking like this, and this will become the most unstable factor that determines the future of the EU after the epidemic subsides.
Where will history lead Europe and where will the EU lead? We may be in the future