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Should the EU move towards more mutual solidarity?

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Background

The effects of the corona crisis on health and the economy are unprecedented. In the course of its development, the different perceptions and needs of the EU countries have become clear and painful memories of the financial crisis have been reawak-ened. At the same time, political decisions of hitherto unknown magnitude have been taken, illustrating the extent of the political room for manoeuvre. It raises the question what significance solidarity should have in the EU?

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1. Should wealthy EU Member States provide more economic support to Member States that are particularly hard hit by crises?

Background: Both the financial crisis from 2007 onwards and the corona pandemic have hit and continue to hit some EU countries particularly hard and these countries have less means of getting their economies back on track through financial stimuli. In the event of a crisis, the EU could support these countries in finding a way out of the crisis.

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2. Should the EU invest more in social policy measures to tackle social inequality between the Member States?

Background: While in the past the differing standards of living in the countries of the EU were moving closer together, this trend has reversed since the financial crisis of 2007. Even when taking differences in the cost of living into account, large sections of the population in various EU countries are still in a very weak social position. As a result, there is a growing gap between the north and south of the EU as well as between the west and east with regard to social security. Examples of social policy measures include protection against unemployment, loss of housing, poverty in old age and health.

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3. Should the EU, in the interest of future generations, primarily focus on environmentally friend-ly innovation and jobs?

Background: We are heading for severe global warming well above the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement. Uncontrolled climate change would lead, among other things, to extreme weather conditions and thus to deaths and further migration movements. The less developed countries and future generations would suffer as a result. To combat the corona crisis, the EU is investing an unprece-dented amount of money and could thus give the "Green Deal" a significant boost.

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