It is a strange and bold statement to make considering Pablo Iglesias is one of the founding fathers of the far left party Podemos and is a key part of a left wing coalition government which would be expected to embrace the European Union and all it stands for, especially its cash which Spain is desperately going to need to cover the financial fall out from the coronavirus pandemic.

However, I have expressed my misgivings about how the EU has responded to the crisis in this column before and also highlighted the fact that the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has also taken the EU to task.

Now, his wing man told the Financial Times that the EU needs to step up and show solidarity to aid countries worst hit by the coronavirus or else the bloc may not survive the ongoing divide.

There’s no doubt that there is a big divide between European member states on how to come up with a joint plan to deal with the economic fallout from the virus outbreak - not helped by Germany’s recent squabbles with the ECB as well. But, having spoken at length to a Euro MP, Brussels has already put over 1.5 billion euros on the table to help the block’s economic and social recovery and further measures will be voted on this month.

And, the EU has agreed that mistakes have been made and that there are plenty of lessons to be learnt from this crisis. Bashing the EU is an easy option for covering up for faults made at home, but it could be a costly one.

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Rich / Hace about 1 year

Schengen.... surely under this all of the EU are bound to the same rules of lockdown. Covid19 has exposed the EU for what it is, each looking after their own...hardly an EU sentiment. This has shown it for the ponzi scheme that it is.

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Bert / Hace about 1 year

Which basically proves that the EU and the Euro were a bad idea in the first place.

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Bill / Hace about 1 year

What Future?

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Bert / Hace about 1 year

1.5 billion ? Are you sure it’s not more ?

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Bill / Hace about 1 year

What future? The Eurocrats have shown that they were only looking after themselves and their project to control all of Europe. The fourth Reich. They took two months to show any degree of compassion for the worst hit countries ie Italy and Spain. It was only when people started questioning the EU's future that they decided they had no alternative but to make a belated, half hearted attempt to show that they cared.

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Mark Badoer / Hace about 1 year

It is true: Bashing the EU is an easy option for covering up for faults made at home, but it could be a costly one.

However, eventhoughI agree with Nothern European countries to be hesitant and wanting to have conditions: this is not the time for that. Things will never change in regards to the Southern EU countries, nor can they implement changes to come to the same level. So, if the Northern countries want an EU, they need to pull their wallets and pay and help the South (and East) .As if the EU fails or even worse, falls, the Euro will fail and then we have a world wide crisis much, much bigger than Covid-19.

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Palmadave / Hace about 1 year

They are going to need a lot more than 1.5 billion with 27 countries holding out their hands.

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