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The international community finally displays a desire for collective mobilization.

By Fabrice Nodé-Langlois and Anne Rovan
Jair Bolsonaro participating in the G20 teleconference.
Jair Bolsonaro participating in the G20 teleconference. MARCOS CORREA / AFP

Each for himself. The first weeks of the pandemic were characterized by a globally dispersed response. While almost all the states of the planet are now affected, the international community had to show a desire for collective mobilization. This was the objective of the main world leaders who chained two extraordinary “video summits” on Thursday: the first for the G20 heads of state, surrounded by the leaders of major international organizations (UN, WHO, World Bank , IMF, etc.); the second for the 27 leaders of the European Union.

The afternoon started off rather well with the G20 meeting. It almost ended in a disaster at European level. The 27 have met for the third time since the start of the coronavirus crisis. And it is on the explosive question of economic and financial measures that the difficulties during the meeting crystallized, overshadowing in passing

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