The response of the EU to the COVID-19 pandemic has not exactly been unified. Despite finally reaching agreement on a €500bn rescue package on Thursday, this came after weeks of argument, particularly on measures such as coronabonds, and in the meantime seemingly a dearth of combined EU aid for the worst hit countries such as Italy & Spain. The package also is only a third of what the European Central Bank said may be needed to tackle the crisis.
The BBC's Europe editor, Katya Adler, writes that:
The EU is stumbling through this crisis as it has done through the migration and the financial crises before, for instance. The bloc is not about to disintegrate but scars will remain in countries that felt the chilly absence of EU solidarity in their hour of coronavirus need.
"This has not been our finest moment," a diplomat from an influential EU country told me. "Our response has come late and has been marred by nationalism. Solidarity went out the window with the first coronavirus victim."
TheJournal.ie notes that:
The Hague blocked the talks two days earlier by insisting that Italy, or any other country in need, deliver on governance targets – which Rome saw as a shocking demand during a health crisis.
and also that:
Despite 19 EU countries sharing a common currency, member states have reacted unilaterally to save their economies, giving richer countries such as Germany a big advantage over those with less spending power.
Given the lack of unity within the bloc that this seems to expose, how has public opinion towards the EU within EU member states changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? I appreciate that polls specifically asking about the bloc's reaction to the pandemic might be hard or impossible to find, in which case how has public opinion of the EU within EU member states changed over the last three months?