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.

Featured events

Featured commentary


Sat, Jul 10, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing June 2021

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

Blog Post

Belarus China

Wed, Jun 30, 2021

How Aleksandar Vučić stole the vaccine-diplomacy show

By balancing the West, Russia, and China, Serbian authorities have made impressive headway in inoculating their citizens—and using vaccines as a diplomatic tool.

New Atlanticist by Dimitar Bechev

Coronavirus Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing May 2021

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

Blog Post

Africa Belarus

Thu, Jun 10, 2021

Stefanini in POLITICO: Europe asks – can Biden put his money where his mouth is?

Ambassador Stefano Stefanin was quoted in POLITICO on how Biden has set the stage and the ball is in Europe's court to take advantage of the reset in transatlantic relations.

In the News by Stefano Stefanini

Coronavirus Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Jun 3, 2021

US vaccine diplomacy: Ukraine should be a priority

With US President Joe Biden preparing to send 80 million Covid vaccine doses abroad, Ukraine is a strong candidate to become a priority beneficiary in this first wave of America’s “vaccine diplomacy.”

UkraineAlert by Geoffrey Berlin

Coronavirus Ukraine

Thu, May 20, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing April 2021

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

Blog Post

Afghanistan China

Fri, May 14, 2021

Reality Check #6: The consequences of an ‘America First’ vaccine policy

The Biden administration has been slow to distribute surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries in need or to facilitate foreign manufacturing of vaccines, squandering a diplomatic opportunity and potentially endangering US security.

Reality Check by Evan Cooper, Mathew Burrows

China Coronavirus

Fri, May 7, 2021

Wendy Sherman on the Iran nuclear talks, multilateral cooperation, and transatlantic data flows

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman joined the Atlantic Council's EU-US Future Forum to talk about dealing with China and Rusisa, relations with Turkey, and the United States' strategy to reengage globally and with Europe.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

China Coronavirus

Thu, May 6, 2021

Europe’s post-COVID strategy: Stay close to allies and build strength at home

Cooperation between the United States and the EU to distribute vaccines globally would constitute a partnership “to save the world,” said Thierry Breton, European commissioner for internal market, at the Atlantic Council's EU-US Future Forum.

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

China Coronavirus

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