German newspapers turns on EU over vaccine bungle - 'The best advert for ...

Vaccine row is ‘nasty and unnecessary’ says Brexit expert

The EU has been embroiled in chaos this week, over the bloc's vaccine strategy that has been extremely slow to take off. Brussels' efforts to ramp up vaccinations were hampered by the news vaccine-maker AstraZeneca was not going to meet its orders to the EU this month. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and other EU leaders reacted furiously to the news, firmly pointing the blame at the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company. But the EU has also been attacked for the bungle.

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In response, German newspapers have heavily criticised the EU's strategy, which may come as a surprise to Ms von der Leyen, who is of German nationality.

Die Zeit, one of the country's most respected broadsheets, led a front-page editorial titled 'AstraZeneca - The best advertisement for Brexit'.

The damning piece claims the EU's mishandling of its vaccine programme has served Eurosceptics.

It said: "In the dispute over the delivery delay of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the EU Commission is currently providing the best advertisement for Brexit: It is acting slowly, bureaucratically and is being protectionist.

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brexit news eu vaccine row usula von der leyenThe EU's vaccine row has been described as 'the best advert for Brexit' (Image: Getty)

brexit news eu vaccine row die zeit front pageGerman newspapers have turned on the EU over its vaccine fiasco (Image: Getty)

"And if something goes wrong, it's everyone else's fault.

"This is how many Britons see the EU and so the prejudices were confirmed at the beginning of the week."

By contrast, the editorial praises the UK for its "swift vaccination policy".

It also heaps praise on Boris Johnson's "statesmanlike manner".

But Die Zeit wasn't the only German newspaper to condemn the vaccine fiasco.

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brexit news german newspapers bild die zeit eu vaccineAn edition of the Bild newspaper, printed without any pictures, on September 8, 2015 (Image: Getty)

Bild, a tabloid newspaper, heavily criticised Ms von der

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