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Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Eurozone passes coronavirus rescue plan, but political unity remains elusive

Although European leaders were finally able to agree on a massive rescue package to help the European economy weather the storm of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the lack of unity on display over the protracted negotiations raises deep concerns about Europe’s ability to navigate the difficult road to recovery.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

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Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Europe’s economic emergency is also a geopolitical one

European leaders are deciding the future of European power on the world stage. If Europeans can’t ensure solidarity with each other after so much pain and sacrifice, it will not only be a devastating loss for Europe. It will also be a blow to a world looking for the political shape of a post-coronavirus world.

New Atlanticist by Benjamin Haddad and Josh Lipsky

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Josh Lipsky is the director, Programs and Policy, of the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program. He previously served as Senior Communications Adviser at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Speechwriter to Christine Lagarde.  

Prior to joining the IMF, Josh was an appointee at the State Department, serving as Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Richard Stengel. Before joining the State Department, Josh worked in the White House as the Associate Director of Press Advance, tasked with planning the President’s participation at the G-20 and other global summits. He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Sam Farr and at the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

He is a term-member at the Council on Foreign Relations and an Economic Diplomacy Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

In these roles he has advised policymakers on a range of emerging challenges to the global economy, including trade wars and the rise of digital currencies. He has also written about the need for countries to prioritize investments in sustainable and inclusive long-term growth.

Josh is a licensed attorney, accredited to practice in Maryland, D.C., and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School, a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. Josh, his wife Leah, and their daughter Clara, live in Maryland.