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Social distancing: Why has compliance been so different across Europe?

A common response to the Covid-19 pandemic across Europe has been for states to promote social distancing. Yet the level of compliance from citizens has varied substantially between countries. Drawing on data from Switzerland, Neha Deopa and Piergiuseppe Fortunato provide an illustration of the impact cultural attitudes and behavioural norms can have on compliance with social distancing measures. Rarely in history have we witnessed such a homogeneous policy response to a shock as in the case...

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The Covid-19 outbreak has exposed deep-rooted weaknesses in the EU’s institutions

The Covid-19 outbreak could push the EU to the brink again, write Piergiuseppe Fortunato and Marco Pecoraro. But the EU’s inability to stage a united response to the pandemic is simply a symptom of a much deeper problem that began with the erosion of public trust following the financial crisis. A pivotal element in dealing with pandemics is trust in public institutions and compliance with lockdowns, emergency protocols, and any other containment measure adopted by the competent authorities....

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