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National isolation or regional cooperation? The media debate on border closures during the Covid-19 crisis in Luxembourg
Högenauer, Anna-Lena mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC) >]
Small States & Territories
[en] Covid-19 ; Corona ; Luxembourg ; borders ; Greater Region ; shelter theory ; cross-border metropolitan region
[en] Having been initially confined largely to China, East Asia and Italy, the Covid-19
crisis swept quickly over Europe in March 2020. Luxembourg was among the many small
continental European states with high rates of infection. In the absence of a common European
Union response, national responses to the crisis varied strongly. Decisions on the closing of
borders and the limiting of cross-border movements have become a symbol of a newly found
unilateralism. Luxembourg took the rare decision not to close its borders and disapproved of
the restriction of cross-border movements by neighbouring states. The paper argues that this is
the result of its size and economic policy which, in the context of EU integration, has led to
strong interdependencies and social networks within the cross-border region. This argument is
based on an analysis of the pre-Covid-19 situation in Luxembourg as a cross-border
metropolitan region and how local newspaper articles can open a window to understand how
the disruption caused by the pandemic reconfigured Luxembourg’s borders with its
neighbouring European states of Belgium, France and Germany.
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