The spread of coronavirus in Europe led to the absence of words about European integration and cooperation and replaced it with a language of sovereignty, state and national security. Closed border policies replaced the open border policies that prevailed among the European Union countries as a result of the European integration system.
There is no longer any importance to the Schengen system that prevails among European countries, which resulted in a major blow to the liberal ideology, with its classic and new forms, based on freedom of movement and trade, and the removal of obstacles and border restrictions, of which the European Union is one of the most important applied models.
Germany and France did not agree to grant Italy and Spain urgent aid to stop the epidemic.
A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that is consistent with the disinformation message that the Schengen zone has collapsed and more broadly, with the disinformation narrative that the EU is collapsing as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
The current situation is an example of how indispensable Schengen is to the European economy and way of life, and not just for Italy. In the current exceptional situation, many EU Member States introduced temporary border controls to slow the spread of coronavirus, which adhere to the Schengen border code, but the EU Commission is ensuring that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate and that flow of goods and key services continues around the clock.