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Wed, Jun 3, 2020

Data flows across the Channel: The emerging UK-EU digital trade relationship

If the United Kingdom can navigate a way forward on data transfers with both its ex-masters in Brussels and its ally in Washington, its success might ultimately yield benefits beyond these two bilateral trade contexts.

New Atlanticist by Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy European Union

Fri, May 29, 2020

Italian, Spanish diplomats stress EU solidarity in wake of COVID-19 economic response

Top officials from Italy and Spain—the two European Union member states hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic—praised the EU’s May 27 announcement of a €750 billion ($826.5 billion) recovery program to rescue the bloc from its worst economic crisis in its history.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Coronavirus Eurozone

Fri, May 29, 2020

Evolving through crisis: European leadership in the light of COVID-19

The Atlantic Council's Northern Europe office convened a seminar on lessons learned from the early phases of the pandemic for European and transatlantic leadership.

Event Recap by Elin Schiffer

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Wed, May 13, 2020

Poland divided over elections and COVID restrictions

Poland has begun to ease its COVID lockdown, but Poles remain unsure if the benefits of reopening outwweigh the potential costs.

New Atlanticist by Tomasz Zalewski

Coronavirus Elections

Thu, May 7, 2020

The coronavirus crisis highlights the need to diversify risk sharing in Europe

Capital markets have been one of Europe’s policy ‘slow-burn’ issues. The coronavirus crisis rearing its ugly head over Europe, along with Brussels’ slow coming together in formulating a shared rescue package, have reignited the need to balance public and private risk sharing and to diversify funding for European businesses.

New Atlanticist by Sona Muzikarova

Coronavirus European Union

Wed, May 6, 2020

German court decision complicates ECB coronavirus efforts

“This is time for solidarity and boldness in the European response to this unprecedented crisis. Unfortunately, the [German] Court's decision endangers the ability of the Bundesbank to participate in the ECB's program in the long run. Besides, it undermines the authority of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and could provide a worrying precedent for states asserting their sovereignty with illiberal measures against the rule of law in Europe,” Benjamin Haddad says.

New Atlanticist by Ole Moehr

Coronavirus European Union

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Pandemic response should not equal isolationism, Swedish FM argues

International cooperation will be crucial not only to “fight the pandemic” of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but also “to get us back on track afterwards,” Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde said on April 29. She stressed that while leaders remain focused on containing outbreaks in their own countries, they must avoid the temptation to shun the benefits international trade and cooperation can bring as a much-needed economic recovery begins.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus European Union

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Something not so rotten in the Kingdom of Denmark

Denmark's success in combating the coronavirus provides a powerful example of how democracies can be more effective in times of crises.

New Atlanticist by Nauja Bianco and Andras Simonyi

Coronavirus Northern Europe

Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Why the Netherlands opposed unconditional European coronavirus aid

Southern European calls for northern solidarity should be backed up with a quest for greater empathy in countries like the Netherlands. As long as the Dutch public remain largely unaware of the plight of southern Europe—as well as ignorant of the geopolitical consequences of too much fiscal rigidity—the current clash may only be a prelude to a much larger battle.

New Atlanticist by Dr. Elmar Hellendoorn

Coronavirus European Union

Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Coronavirus spurs Europe’s quest for digital sovereignty

All of the virus-related developments—growing skepticism about global sourcing, the deepening threat of disinformation, the centrality of digital services in a return towards normality, and the privacy and security questions that dog them—will have an impact on the EU’s longer-term quest for digital sovereignty.

New Atlanticist by Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy European Union