Articles on Coronavirus

Why Europe needs a recovery plan for strategic autonomy (Commentary)

Jana Puglierin & Ulrike Esther Franke - 03 August 2020

Just as they have on the economic recovery, Berlin and Paris must overcome their differences and present a courageous plan to create a Europe that takes decisive geopolitical action.

The proof of the European Council pudding will be in the eating (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 23 July 2020

EU leaders need to show that they are not only capable of reaching an agreement between themselves, but also of shaping the post-coronavirus world.

China, Europe, and covid-19 headwinds (Commentary)

Janka Oertel - 20 July 2020

China’s attempts to divide Europeans during the crisis, along with its fierce and openly hostile rhetoric targeting the capacity of Western democracy to effectively respond to the health emergency, have served as a wake-up call.

Instrumental solidarity: Hungary’s management of the coronavirus crisis (Commentary)

Zsuzsanna Végh - 01 July 2020

The Orbán government’s demonstrations of European solidarity have been partly motivated by its nationalist goals and its concerns about migration.

Europe’s self-help moment (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 30 June 2020

The covid-19 crisis has created an opening for stronger collective European action. But policymakers must understand that the demands of voters across the continent for greater cooperation do not reflect an appetite for institution-building, but rather a deeper anxiety about losing control in a perilous world.

Remarks delivered at the ECFR virtual Annual Council Meeting 2020 (Commentary)

George Soros - 29 June 2020

Perpetual bonds are the best – and, perhaps, only – way to raise the one or two trillion euros that the European Union needs to fight the coronavirus and climate change.

George Soros: “I am proud of the enemies I have” (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca & George Soros - 29 June 2020

From Putin to Trump, to Viktor Orban and Xi Jinping, several world leaders accuse the Hungarian magnate of wanting to bring them down. In Spain, his main enemy is Vox.

The truth about European solidarity during corona (Commentary)

Rafael Loss & Jana Puglierin - 26 June 2020

National impulses led to border closures and export restrictions on medical supplies during the corona crisis. But even in the earliest days of Europe’s exposure to the novel virus, pan-European solidarity was on display.

Crisis communication: Italy, the coronavirus, and European solidarity (Commentary)

Teresa Coratella - 16 June 2020

Italy has been among the top beneficiaries of pan-European support from citizens, institutions, and governments – as ECFR’s new European Solidarity Tracker shows.

European Solidarity Tracker: The solidarity that always was there (Commentary)

Claire Busse & Rafael Loss - 10 June 2020

ECFR’s new tracker reveals the breadth and depth of solidarity expressed throughout Europe during the coronavirus crisis – with findings that will surprise critics.