EU's free trade dogma remains immune to Covid-19 pandemic


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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to a fresh debate about the nature and limitations of globalisation. Supporters of de-globalisation are once again making their voices heard, not least in France. A number of renowned philosophers consider that the pandemic marks a point of no-return and are already bidding farewell to what some dub the 'hyper-globalisation' of recent decades. Meanwhile some politicians in France are calling for world trade rules to be set aside in order to relocate strategically-important pharmaceutical companies domestically.