I think you have got the spirit, for want of a better word, of what I was getting at above.I don't think anyone's suggesting that the EU have done badly in the round, are they? And overall the UK have certainly not done well this last year. Each have had successes and failures, some of their own making, some just 'events, dear boy, events' (with the latter seized on with 20/20 hindsight and the former hailed by some and diminished by others).
"cases of cognitive dissonance on a national or 'union of nations' scale..." perhaps?
For all the success earlier on, satisfaction in the way the federal govt here are currently handling the pandemic has taken a massive hit. This is mostly to do with the faltering start to the vaccination programme, but also complacency in getting things like comprehensive testing going. Not everyone has received the promised financial aid due in November. A task force has been formed to deal with comprehensive tests - the quick tests and DIY versions, yet the latter are due to be available in Aldi as of Monday! These have been available since last October. Why can't the govt get on with it? They are even tentatively opening up schools, but without the full amount of testing capacity necessary to ensure this is as safe as possible.
Some Länder, fortunately, have got on with it and seized the initiative. A better app is in the offing, due to private initiative.
The conservative part of the current govt may yet find itself punished in the election due on 26th September.
At least the SPD candidate for Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is already making himself a pain in the neck to ensure that as the supply of vaccines massively increases there will not be situation of the supply being greater than the capacity to inject it. With the British variant getting to be in the ascendant and the demand for the lockdown to be run down for economic reasons, there is no time to lose in getting as many vaccinated as quickly as possible.