COVID-19 has established a different type of comparison, with citizens comparing their government’s performance with those in other countries in real time.
The lockdown implemented in Italy, and replicated in other European countries, is an unprecedented measure with significant economic effects. Now that the virus is receding, the outlook for the European economy is particularly bleak, but it should be remembered that all European states entered lockdown within a few days. Between March 5 (closure of schools in Italy) and March 23 (start of lockdown in the United Kingdom) Europe confined itself in varying degrees, depending on the country. Today, all European states are gradually entering the final stages of post-lockdown.