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Crisis made EU countries act like panicked shoppers, commissioner says

Posted On: Jun 3, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

Crisis made EU countries act like panicked shoppers, commissioner says

The chaos caused by EU capitals introducing border controls in March was like the actions of panic-buying shoppers, said Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson , who warned against more uncoordinated travel restrictions if there is a second wave of the virus.
Countries across Europe are now moving to gradually remove the border controls they imposed in March, but Johansson told POLITICO they should learn from the lack of coordination when the virus first began to sweep across Europe.
"It was really a bit of a chaos at some borders when they first introduced these restrictions and border checks,” she said.
“I think they acted a little bit like individuals. When the crisis first came upon us everybody rushed to the supermarket to buy a lot of pasta and toilet paper and went home and locked the doors more or less. And member states a little bit acted the same,” said Johansson.
"When the virus is present in all member states, closing borders between those member states is not a very...

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