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How will the Coronavirus change global politics? | DW Analysis

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The Coronavirus is sweeping around the world. It’s a global emergency like we’ve never seen before. Europe now has become epicentre of the Corona crisis. Italy is ground zero, and its healthcare system is buckling under the pressure. Scenes like this could come soon in Spain, France and Germany too. And European leaders are warning it could get much, much worse.

And the US isn’t far behind, although the president insists he is on top of things. But the markets don’t seem to agree. The economy is heading for a huge recession.

Back in China, where it all began, the worst seemsto be over, at least for now. Infections are down dramatically from their peak and president Xi Jinping has been to visit healthcare workers in the city of Wuhan, which is China's ground zero. Some have even said China’s response is a model for the world. An extreme lockdown that helped to slow the virus’s spread, a makeshift hospital built in a matter of days, all made possible by an authoritarian regime that is able to act quickly and decisively.

Is that true? Do you need to be a dictatorship to handle a killer virus? Are Europe and the US at a fatal disadvantage in tackling this intense crisis? We’re going to compare these three big players: China, where it all began, Europe, now at the centre of the pandemic, and the US, where infections are spreading fast. Our Analysis is taking a deep dive in what’s going wrong, what’s going right, and what global politics might look like after this crisis.

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What will change in global politics after this crisis?

Author — DW News

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This is not about politics, this is simply how fast the government is able to act enough to protect its own people. Speed matters! Not ideology.

Author — Wang Jimmy

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Drastic quarantine is science, not politics. Politics is how the quarantine is enforced and information disseminated

Author — L1

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People just forgot that we all live on the same planet

Author — Jesse Ortega

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we should look at South Korea for example. They did proper testing and got things under control.

Author — Radiophobia

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I'm so afraid for my parents, they are old and already sick, God help us now 😭😭😭

Author — Mihail M A

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DW, when you are talking about the Chinese mistake and delay in the beginning of the outbreak, what Europe and North America had done while China was in lockdown which had saved 1.5 to 2 months for the rest of the world to be prepared for probable global outbreak, did Europe and North America had lost the golden chance in preparation against outbreak? Didn't you all repeat the China earlier mishandling mistake?

Author — Dadiao DUGU

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Why conflate effective government with authoritarian? Your standards appear rather low, DW team.

Author — Jonathan Gibson

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Unbelievable that the same authoritarian government that kept it quiet and let it spread is now being hailed for the draconian measures it was forced to take. We don’t even know if numbers of deaths and infection in China are accurate

Author — Anilu

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Strange south korea is not authoritarian government, yet had the best response to covid.

Author — cl223

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I don't believe a word from Allemano. Many countries like Austria and Czech Republic shut their borders quickly.

Author — Allen Ho

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No one is looking at China with envy except for this lady.

Author — K M

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This women's laugh is so inappropriate in the context of such a human tragedy with thousands of people dying at the moment

Author — Kyze King

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It's not about different politics but different cultures and experiences.

Author — Jareon C

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I think theres much more to the Chinese story then their letting on

Author — Max Strand

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Dictator this or that, then go free, unfortunately virus didn't learn politics, sorry for you.

Author — Micheal Yu

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One of the factors of the down play is called Ignorance

Author — ShotsFired andMissed

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22:30 stop wasting water when you ain't needing it, turn the tap off man!

Author — Venkatesan Ravi

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I hate the excited smile on her face when talking about this kind of tragedy.

Author — Jerry W

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WHO leader: We have a simple message for all countries Test Test Test.
All countries: We would if we had any kits
WHO leader: did you try turning it off and on again ?

Author — fhk 1993