EU Confidential coronavirus edition #8: Pledge drive — Getting philosophical — Brussels post-lockdown plans
POLITICO’s EU Confidential · Coronavirus edition #8: Pledge drive — Getting philosophical — Brussels post-lockdown plans
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Pledges of billions of euros to fight the coronavirus rolled into a conference hosted by the European Commission on Monday — but how much of that money is new and where will it go? POLITICO healthcare reporter Jillian Deutsch breaks down the results of the virtual gathering.
We discuss why Thomas Hobbes is seen as the philosophical father of lockdowns with POLITICO’s senior policy editor and resident philosopher, Christian Oliver.
And Elke Van den Brandt, the transport minister of the Brussels region, tells us about her plans to roll out extra bike lanes and make the EU capital more pedestrian-friendly as the lockdown eases. As she tells our mobility reporters, Hanne Cokelaere and Joshua Posaner, the idea is to stop public transport getting too crowded and encourage commuters to consider alternatives to driving into the city.