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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The Future Europe Initiative promotes the transatlantic leadership and strategies required to ensure a strong Europe.


Mon, Feb 22, 2021

Ukraine’s booming IT sector defies the coronavirus crisis

While businesses around the world are counting the cost of a year disrupted by the unprecedented challenges of the COVID crisis, Ukraine’s IT sector continues to go from strength to strength.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Fri, Feb 12, 2021

European leadership: Transatlantic relations and the future of Belarus

The Atlantic Council Northern Europe Office organized a webinar on the topic of ”European Leadership: Transatlantic relations and the Future of Belarus”.

Event Recap

Belarus Coronavirus

Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Covid crisis accelerates Ukraine’s digital revolution

The unique challenges of the Covid crisis have helped to accelerate Ukraine's digital revolution, says the country's Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov.

UkraineAlert by Mykhailo Fedorov

Coronavirus Digital Policy

Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Charles Michel on renewing EU-US ties: ‘For global challenges, we need global solutions’

“With the new Biden administration, there is [in] Europe a feeling of hope and the expectation that it will be possible… to rebuild a very strong alliance—what I have called a ‘new founding pact’ between the United States and Europe,” said European Council President Charles Michel.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

China Coronavirus

Tue, Feb 9, 2021

Ukraine signs vaccine deal but delays highlight urgent need for healthcare reform

Ukraine has finally secured the country's first sizable COVID-19 vaccine contract, but the fact that this depended on the role of Britain's Crown Agents has underlined Ukraine's procurement dysfunction.

UkraineAlert by Pavlo Kovtoniuk

Coronavirus Corruption

Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Geopolitics complicates Ukraine’s vaccine quest

Unfavorable geopolitical factors have helped make Ukraine one of the last countries in Europe to secure COVID vaccine supplies and delayed the launch of a national inoculation campaign.

UkraineAlert by Pavlo Kovtoniuk

Coronavirus Ukraine

Sat, Jan 9, 2021

Shamshur in Zerkalo Nedeli: How coronavirus has impacted French politics

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus France

Thu, Jan 7, 2021

What is Ukraine’s economic outlook for 2021?

Without judicial reform or an increase in investment, there is little reason to expect any economic growth in Ukraine during 2021 beyond the gains arising from the post-coronavirus rebound.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Tue, Jan 5, 2021

Tracking the COVID-19 economy

Key economic indicators for Japan, UK, European Union, and the United States.

EconoGraphics by Nitya Biyani

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Tue, Dec 22, 2020

Build resilience for an era of shocks: NATO 20/2020 podcast

NATO needs a fourth core task to protect allied populations from non-traditional threats like COVID and climate change.

NATO 20/2020 by Anca Agachi

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus