Coronavirus is a global crisis. But where is the leadership? Who is going to co-ordinate a global response? So far no one has stepped up.

Perhaps the question we should be asking is where is Merkel?

The German Chancellor was key in both the 2008 financial crisis (eventually getting agreement for the Greek bailout) and the migrant crisis (taking in one million migrants), but where is she to take the lead now?

Domestically Germany seems to be handling the coronavirus relatively well with widespread testing available, a low death rate, and an organised and extensive economic recovery plan.

But internationally, Germany was amongst the first to horde medical supplies and close borders to its European neighbours. And now Germany is blocking so-called coronabonds which might help keep weaker European countries afloat.

No longer ‘Queen of Europe?

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