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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Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Polish PM calls for transatlantic unity on troop deployments and China

Speaking at an Atlantic Council Front Page event, Morawiecki argued that “the NATO alliance is so important for the world to keep peace,” that allies must continue to work toward “consensus” in their actions.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus European Union

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

The coronavirus crisis and statelessness in Ukraine

For the estimated 35,000 stateless people living in Ukraine, access to even the most basic resources like food, medicine, and hygienic products, has been all but cut off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

UkraineAlert by Andrew D’Anieri

Coronavirus Human Rights

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Fighting COVID-19 with surveillance: Perspectives from across the globe

As more countries rely on digital tools to contain the spread of COVID-19, how will enhanced surveillance challenge privacy norms in the future? According to the World Health Organization, public health surveillance is critical to containing the pandemic. However, can enhanced surveillance during a public health crisis set precedents for digital surveillance in the future?

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler and Lily Liu

Africa Coronavirus

Thu, Jul 23, 2020

What World Post COVID-19?: A Conversation with Mr. Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay, director of applied research at NewCities, outlines the implications of the pandemic for the future of cities and shares suggestions for how communities could emerge from this crisis stronger than before.

Blog Post by Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative

Civil Society Climate Change & Climate Action

Wed, Jul 22, 2020

EU deal is a win-win for all sides

The €1.8 trillion agreement was the subject of intense debate over several days, but in the end European leaders reached a compromise that is a win-win for all sides and will strengthen the EU’s economy and political stability during turbulent times.

New Atlanticist by Antonio de Lecea

Coronavirus European Union

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Experts react: European leaders reach decisive coronavirus recovery agreement

"The agreement is a historic achievement leading to more solidarity in the European Union to respond the economic fallout of the coronavirus," Benjamin Haddad says.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus European Union

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

European leaders prepare for crucial coronavirus financial compromise

European leaders need to act quickly to overcome these differences, as an ambitious recovery package is needed to ensure financial stability and fend off other risks.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Coronavirus European Union

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Coronavirus chaos reigns at front line checkpoints in Russian-occupied Ukraine

A climate of confusion over coronavirus-related checkpoint crossing procedures is creating havoc and adding to the hardships of civilians living close to the front lines of the Russo-Ukrainian War.

UkraineAlert by Eric Fritz

Coronavirus Crisis Management

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Christopher Preble co-hosts Net Assessment podcast episode on COVID-19 and US global leadership

In the News by Atlantic Council

Australia China

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

Ukrainian resorts see 30% growth as coronavirus crisis boosts domestic tourism

With international travel still heavily restricted due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Ukraine's Black Sea holiday resorts are experiencing a major boost as Ukrainians spend their vacations closer to home.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Coronavirus Ukraine