It's not that they have not been saying these things for a long time.
In fact, it appears both men would echo the words of Paul-Henri Spaak, who was a former Belgian Prime Minister and one of the principal architects of what has, since its origins, now become the European Union.
Spiro Skouras at Activist Post recently wrote:
We are in the middle of the worst global health pandemic of our lives according to the Media, the Government and the United Nations. We are witnessing an unprecedented global lockdown in response to the Coronavirus outbreak known as COVID19.
The global population living in Western countries have been taught for more than a generation to live in a constant state of fear ever since 9/11. We have been encouraged to sacrifice our liberty for a false sense of security, being conditioned more and more each day to rely on the state for protection, and now many of us find ourselves relying on the state to pay our bills.