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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Featured commentary

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

Content

Thu, May 6, 2021

Annalena Baerbock on a ‘transatlantic green deal’ and German strategies in facing Russia and China

Baerbock, a candidate for chancellor of Germany, spoke at the EU-US Future Forum about her plans for boosting US-Germany relations, the future of Nord Stream 2, mitigating climate change, and more.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Elections

Thu, May 6, 2021

Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki on the COVID comeback, the Three Seas Initiative, and where the US is falling short

The Polish leader joined the Atlantic Council's EU-US Future Forum to discuss ways to improve the transatlantic relationship, and the challenges and opportunities in Central Europe.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Wed, May 5, 2021

Slovak President Čaputová on EU-US pandemic recovery, the green transition, and digital regulation

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová said that resilience in the midst of major challenges is key and that the United States and European Union will need to work together to improve it.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Central Europe Climate Change & Climate Action
resilience, society

Mon, May 3, 2021

A transatlantic agenda for homeland security and resilience beyond COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disclosed the importance of resilient power – a society’s capability to absorb unexpected major shocks, handle and adapt to these, and then, most importantly, bounce back. As the pandemic still rages, endurance has become a major challenge for individuals, institutions, companies, and societies. It emphasizes another dimension of resilience: it is not only about how fast society is able to bounce back and recover at a certain moment, but also how it can withstand repeated shocks over time.

Report by Anna Wieslander

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Fri, Apr 30, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford discuss the global implications of Biden’s climate change agenda

On April 30, Foreign Policy published its biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss the Biden administration’s approach to tackling climate change, Biden’s acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide, and the US response to India’s surge […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Wed, Apr 28, 2021

Serbian president pursues EU membership, better US ties, and a bigger role in the Balkans

Speaking with the Atlantic Council, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić talked about Serbia's vaccine diplomacy, economic performance, relations with Kosovo, and more.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Thu, Apr 22, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing March 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

China Coronavirus

Tue, Apr 6, 2021

Ukraine fails vaccine test

Ukraine currently ranks among Europe's worst performers in terms of Covid vaccinations. The shortage of vaccines in the country is fueling mounting anger over the Ukrainian government's handling of the pandemic.

UkraineAlert by Brian Mefford

Coronavirus Ukraine

Fri, Apr 2, 2021

Stefanini in The New York Times: Vaccine ‘Fiasco’ Damages Europe’s Credibility

Stefano Stefanini was quoted in the New York Times on how the EU’s reputation has been impacted by its handling of the pandemic and its vaccination program.

In the News by Stefano Stefanini

Coronavirus Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Apr 1, 2021

Ukraine’s local authorities and the Covid-19 pandemic

One year on since pandemic lockdown regulations were first introduced in Ukraine, have local authorities across the country learned the often tough lessons of the past twelve months?

UkraineAlert by Iryna Ozymok

Coronavirus Crisis Management