About the project

Since its emergence, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread rapidly across the globe. Health systems are straining under an overwhelming demand and a lack of infrastructure and personal protection equipment, while the global economy has taken a severe hit as social distancing and self-quarantine strategies interrupt daily life and prevent commerce.

Europe has become the center of the pandemic as the number of cases grow exponentially across the continent. Given Europe’s complex overlap of governance structures, debates over the needs of Member States versus the jurisdictions of the European Union rage as the situation on the ground worsens. After a rocky start, however, European nations have begun to work together, both at national and EU levels. Will Europe be able to sustain its cooperative measures, or will individual countries peel off looking for independent solutions? What is the role of the EU in a public health crisis, traditionally the remit of Member States? How will a European Commission dedicated to developing a geopolitically-focused EU interact with its neighbors and rivals in this time of crisis, and how will it impact the international system after the virus abates?

This series from the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative aims to follow these questions by tracking developments in key countries across the continent, and adding expert commentary across topical themes.

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Mon, Jun 1, 2020

Executive summary: The virus and global order

The COVID-19 pandemic is having dramatic effects on everyday life, but its geopolitical implications could prove to be even more profound. The pandemic is exacerbating and unleashing pressure points in the global order, including intensified US-China competition, that could fundamentally reshape geopolitics.

Issue Brief by Jeffrey Cimmino, Matthew Kroenig, and Barry Pavel

China Coronavirus

Mon, Jun 1, 2020

Taking stock: Where are geopolitics headed in the COVID-19 era?

The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed pressure points in the global order and threatens to unravel the rules-based international system. This paper examines the geopolitical implications of the pandemic by identifying key strategic shocks and tensions exacerbated by the virus. It also identifies uncertainties for the global order and provides policy recommendations for how the United States and its allies should address the pandemic.

Issue Brief by Jeffrey Cimmino, Matthew Kroenig, and Barry Pavel

China Coronavirus

Mon, Jun 1, 2020

The world order will need a post-COVID rethink, Turkish VP says

Oktay stressed that the world has changed dramatically since the onset of the pandemic, and will provide opportunities and challenges that all world leaders should be careful not to ignore.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, May 29, 2020

Italian, Spanish diplomats stress EU solidarity in wake of COVID-19 economic response

Top officials from Italy and Spain—the two European Union member states hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic—praised the EU’s May 27 announcement of a €750 billion ($826.5 billion) recovery program to rescue the bloc from its worst economic crisis in its history.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Coronavirus Eurozone

Fri, May 29, 2020

Evolving through crisis: European leadership in the light of COVID-19

The Atlantic Council's Northern Europe office convened a seminar on lessons learned from the early phases of the pandemic for European and transatlantic leadership.

Event Recap by Elin Schiffer

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Fri, May 29, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on the global energy sector and reflections on Turkey

On May 14, the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY organized a virtual event on the impact of COVID-19 on the global energy sector and reflections on Turkey.

TURKEYSource by Grady Wilson

Coronavirus Geopolitics & Energy Security

Thu, May 28, 2020

Cooperation key to transatlantic coronavirus recovery and energy transition

Continued energy cooperation between the United States and the European Union has been key in reducing Europe’s energy dependence, but now must also help guide both countries out of the coronavirus economic crisis and cut global emissions in the face of continued climate change.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Thu, May 28, 2020

The EU recovery plan: A “Merkel” but not a “Hamilton” moment

While the EU coronavirus recovery plan is a good step toward more fiscal cohesion, it is nowhere near fostering a fiscal union.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Coronavirus European Union

Thu, May 28, 2020

Can post-pandemic Ukraine prevent another exodus?

As Ukraine looks towards the post-coronavirus recovery period, the country needs to think hard about how it intends to persuade millions of Ukrainian migrant workers to build their futures at home.

UkraineAlert by Michael Druckman

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Wed, May 27, 2020

Ukrainians who fled Putin face new pandemic realities

For the estimated 1.4 million Ukrainians internally displaced by Putin's war, the past six years have brought traumatic change. These IDPs are now facing the further challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

UkraineAlert by Iryna Matviyishyn

Conflict Coronavirus