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Lionel Laurent

Vaccine Populism Is a Game Europe Can’t Afford to Lose

This crisis shows the limits of the leadership style that’s dominated EU politics — a combination of expert-driven technocracy with crowd-pleasing populism.

Not a moment to lose.

Not a moment to lose.

Photographer: Bloomberg

The world is watching Europe with dismay.

The region’s vaccination campaign is a mess, failing to outpace a fresh wave of Covid-19 infections that’s straining hospitals and triggering more stay-at-home curbs. The European Union’s tally of average doses administered per 100 people stands at 11.8, well behind the U.S. and the U.K. at 34.1 and 40.5 respectively (though there is some divergence between the EU’s 27 members).