Skip to Content

Stock photo from Pixabay
Brussels

Italy asks for more respirators but EU countries refuse

In the teleconference between the 27 health ministers, Italy raised the alarm. But none of the "allies" responded.

Published: March 13, 2020, 7:28 am

    It seems that the notion of European solidarity, in times of need, is a mirage. According to a document obtained by Agi – and which summarizes a teleconference this week between the ministers of health of the 27 member states of the European Union – Italy has asked its European “allies” for additional respirators.

    The Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton, asked the Italian government to express “an urgent request” to the other EU executives for respirators as the health system of the northern regions face the risk of collapse.

    However, Italy’s cry for help has been ignored. The confidential document, in fact, expressly noted that “none of the delegations responded to Italy’s request, which prompted Commissioner Breton to return to the question”.

    European states also turned their backs on Italy in late February, when the Italian government asked EU member states to provide protective masks. Germany instead took the decision to stop exporting masks immediately.

    On 28 February the EU Commission confirmed Italy’s request to activate the Civil Protection Mechanism precisely to encourage the supply of these essential objects in hospitals and beyond. But no one responded: “We ask for responsibility, solidarity and coordinated European action”, Commissioner Breton wrote on Twitter. Unfortunately, he was ignored.

    An Italian health worker wrote on Facebook this week: “Today the ICUs in Lombardy are at capacity – more than capacity. They have begun to put ICU units in the hallways. If the numbers do not go down, the growth rate of contagion tells us that there will be thousands of people who in a matter of a week? two weeks? Who will need care. What will happen when there are 100, or a 1000 people who need the hospital and only a few ICU places left?

    “On Monday a doctor wrote in the paper that they have begun to have to decide who lives and who dies when the patients show up in the emergency room, like what is done in war. This will only get worse. […]

    “And finally for those who say that this is just something that happens to old people, starting yesterday the hospitals are reporting that younger and younger patients – 40, 45, 18, are coming in for treatment.”

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      The EU and its member states aren’t doing much to help Italy, even though the Conte-2 government has slavishly followed the EU’s demented agenda on mass migration and open borders. Of course, that let in people with Coronavirus, and now the Italian government (such as it may still be), is reeling from bad decision to worse decision, and so on, in complete reactive mode. But there is no help from the EU. And Merkel and Macron both are still true believers regarding mass migration and population replacement.

    Europe

    Instability in Northern Africa: AFRICOM brigades, Russian planes and Syrian jihadists

    TripoliOn May 30, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) released a statement in which its commander, Stephen Townsend, expressed to Tunisian Defence Minister Imed Hazgui readiness to deploy the US Security Force Assistance Brigades in Tunisia, citing concerns about Russian activities in Libya.

    Security and privacy experts sound the alarm on contact tracing apps

    The terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 became the starting point for massive surveillance of the world's citizens, and not least in Western countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Maghreb singer accuses French police of blanket racism

    ParisFor the deputy of the National Rally in France, the speech of the singer Camélia Jordana on Saturday evening claiming she is afraid when she sees a police officer, is a typical example of the excesses of the cultural left: They prefer to defend the delinquents rather than the police.

    Provocative statements from Turkey against Greece continue

    IstanbulThe Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar during his visit to a Turkish naval base, spoke of "harassment in the Aegean" in recent days, which he described as a "very serious challenge", adding that he could not "explain them".

    The controversy over hydroxychloroquine intensifies

    WashingtonAmerican scientists concluded in a study that chloroquine was ineffective against Covid-19. The release of the study coincided with bad news about the US drug Remdesivir.

    Deaths in Swedish nursing homes hidden by municipalities

    In the "humanitarian superpower" Sweden, the management of the Covid-19 pandemic by public health authorities has defied the most basic sense of medical ethics.

    German politician: ‘Why should we risk our relations with China?’

    BerlinDr. Maximilian Krah, member of the European Parliament for the Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) and Vice Chairman of the EP China Friendship Group in an exclusive FreeWestMedia interview.

    Senior European WHO official predicts second deadly virus wave

    LondonAccording to information from a British daily, a senior European official of the WHO predicts that a second peak of the virus outbreak could coincide with outbreaks of other infectious diseases.

    Thousands demonstrate in Germany against confinement

    BerlinThousands of Germans demonstrated nationwide again this weekend against Corona confinement requirements. Citizens who are afraid for their jobs, rallied alongside extremists and opponents of vaccination.

    Covid-19 information ‘better on YouTube than in traditional media’

    MarseilleThe world-renowned French virologist from Marseille, Prof Didier Raoult, believes that he is being identified as a "fake news" propagator because he discloses information buried by the mainstream media.

    Go to archive