An energizing side-effect? How covid-19 could revive multilateralism

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - Coronavirus - English - European Power - European Sovereignty - Politics & Cohesion - 30 April 2020

Recently, we have seen funding cuts to the WHO in the middle of the coronavirus crisis and national governments closing borders instead of calling for a G20 or G7 summit. On the positive side, we heard Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González in our ECFR Quarantimes session arguing that covid-19 could serve as a catalyst for multilateral solutions on global health. But do this week’s podcast guests agree? Mark Leonard is joined by Gunilla Carlsson, former Swedish Minister for international development cooperation, and ECFR Senior Policy Fellow Anthony Dworkin to discuss the future of multilateral institutions like the WHO and what role the EU could play when it comes to global health? Can Europe be the forerunner?

This podcast was recorded on 30 April 2020


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Stumbling into its moment of truth: the EU’s debate over its economic response to covid-19

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - Coronavirus - English - European Power - 24 April 2020

“We are at a moment of truth, which is to decide whether the European Union is a political project or just a market project. I think it’s a political project… We need financial transfers and solidarity, if only so that Europe holds on”, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with the Financial Times. In yesterday’s virtual EU Council Meeting, the EU tried to rise to this challenge. But did it succeed? Host Mark Leonard is joined by Henrik Enderlein, President at the Hertie School & Director of the Jacques Delors Centre think tank and Jana Puglierin, head of ECFR’s Berlin Office: what have been the expectations for and conclusion of the meeting? What happened to the swirling coronabonds discussion? And what’s Germany’s take on Macron’s vision and way forward for Europe?

This podcast was recorded on 24 April 2020


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ECFR Conversation with Ibrahim Kalin

English - Events - MENA - Syria - Wider Europe - Turkey - 20 April 2020

ECFR Conversation with Ibrahim Kalin, Spokesman and Senior Advisor to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan


Chaired by Julien Barnes-Dacey, Director of ECFR’s MENA programme, this conversation assessed the Turkish fight against coronavirus, the refugee deal and Turkish-European relations, and will have a particular focus on developments across the Middle East – namely in Syria and Libya – where Ankara is a key and active player.

Recorded on 16 April 2020.

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App-solutely necessary? Technology as a way out of the coronavirus crisis

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - Coronavirus - European Power - Politics & Cohesion - 17 April 2020

Word on the street seems to suggest that technology will be the way out of the coronavirus crisis and the lockdowns in many European countries. This seems to be confirmed by a multitude of projects such as the EU’s Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT), whose the aim of which is to make it possible to interrupt new chains of infection with the coronavirus.Through apps and data sharing, we will be able to track the spread of the virus, those infected and those who instead developed a degree of immunity to the disease and thus are allowed to return to participate normally in society. As good as it sounds, however, the issue comes with its own set of profound ethical questions regarding individual rights such as privacy and consent. and collective privacy. Our Host Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR experts Ulrike Franke and Anthony Dworkin and as well as independent researcher and broadcaster Stephanie Hare to break down the current discourse around tech in the age of corona and its implications.

This podcast was recorded on 15 April 2020.


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A Gulf apart: How Europe can gain influence with the Gulf Cooperation Council

Italiano - Events - MENA - the Gulf - 14 April 2020

The ECFR Rome office organized a virtual gathering, moderated by the Head of ECFR Rome Arturo Varvelli, to present the ECFR publication "A Gulf apart: How Europe can gain influence with the Gulf Cooperation Council" with author and ECFR visiting fellow Cinzia Bianco. The discussion focused on the present and future relations between European countries, the European Union and the Gulf monarchies and provided also an opportunity to analyse the geopolitical effects and consequences of the Covid19 crisis and the ongoing oil price war in the region.

Among the speakers: ECFR Council Members Lapo Pistelli, Head of International Affairs at ENI, Franco Frattini, former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and former EU Commissioner and Roberto Storaci, Chair of the Working Group on the Middle East and Gulf of the Council of Europe.

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As covid-19 arrives, Putin disappears – Russia in the age of corona.

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - Coronavirus - English - European Power - Politics & Cohesion - Wider Europe - Russia - 09 April 2020

How is Russia dealing with covid-19? What impact does the pandemic have on the other underlying political issues in Russia – such as the change of the constitution and Putin’s decision to essentially stay in power until 2036? Our ECFR experts also point out the strange absence of the Russian leader from the fight against corona – has covid-19 as well as the oil price crisis caused more turbulence and chaos in the country as he wants to admit? Host Mark Leonard, Gustav Gressel, Kadri Liik and Nicu Popescu come forward with analyses and predictions: if the EU doesn’t handle the crisis well, could Russia have been right in its Hobbsian view of the world?

This podcast was recorded on 8 April 2020.

Check out our “Dive Deep into Russia” lecture series by the ECFR Wider Europe Programme!


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Bonding over coronabonds? How the financial question divides Europe

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - Coronavirus - English - European Power - European Sovereignty - Politics & Cohesion - 03 April 2020

The EU members states have been caught up in a heated discussion on possible European ‘coronabonds’, a joint debt assistance by the Union to help those countries hit by the virus particularly hard. Soon enough, the discussion seemed to produce little of substance and rather to ignite previously existing divides between the member states in regard to a common fiscal policy and mutualisation of debt. In this unprecedent crisis, in which solidarity should be more than ever the Union’s raison d’être, what is the correct course of action? And, should a final solution not be met, what is at stake for Europe? Host Mark Leonard is joined by Guntram Wolff, Director of Bruegel, Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, and Jonathan Hackenbroich to break down the situation and a possible way forward.

This podcast was recorded on 1 April 2020.


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Geopolitics in the coronavirus era – who will be crowned winner?

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - Coronavirus - English - Asia & China - MENA - European Power - Politics & Cohesion - Wider Europe - 27 March 2020

Last week’s episode saw our experts dissecting the coronavirus’ implications for Europe. In today's episode, we’re breaking down how the crisis is unfolding in the rest of the world. From the Middle East to Russia and Asia, and all over across the Atlantic – what long-term effects could it have on these regions? And what does it mean for geopolitics, the global system and its institutions?
Our Host Mark Leonard is joined by the ECFR heads of programme Julien Barnes-Dacey, Susi Dennison, Janka Oertel & Nicu Popescu to discuss how the virus is manifesting in these regions, and the implications it carries with it – and it doesn’t look too good. For all the gloominess this podcast will create, our experts recommend turning to poetry for some soul-healing. Recommendations below!

This podcast was recorded on 25 March 2020.


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Corona Angst – How the virus puts the European Project and globalisation at risk

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - Coronavirus - English - European Power - European Sovereignty - Politics & Cohesion - 20 March 2020

Recently declared a global pandemic, it is undeniable that the coronavirus will be a global political, social, financial and economic crisis - requiring actions that reach far beyond unilateral measures by single states. Within Europe, the virus seems to be calling into question the fundamentality of a shared European solidarity also due to rising dissatisfaction at the lack of a coordinated response. Whilst it is too early to tell, to what extent, it seems more and more certain that this crisis will have long-lasting consequences for the European project and life as we know it. Host Mark Leonard is joined by his fellow home office workers Jana Puglierin, Arturo Varvelli, Jose Ignacio Torreblanca and Pawel Zerka to dissect the European response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This podcast was recorded on 18 March 2020.


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Many elephants in the room: the EU and the Turkey, Syria, coronavirus and refugee crises

Mark Leonard's World in 30 minutes - English - MENA - Syria - European Power - European Sovereignty - Wider Europe - Turkey - 13 March 2020

The European Union faces a multi-crisis situation at the moment. As the conflict in Idlib and the circumstances at the Greek-Turkish border has erupted, Europe seems to have troubles to respond to latest developments in the Syrian war and threats from Turkey.
Host Mark Leonard is joined by ECFR co-chair and former Prime Minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt as well as by the ECFR experts Asli Aydintasbas and Julien Barnes-Dacey to discuss the reasoning behind Ankara’s recent moves and the EU’s reactions. How to avoid a 2015-like situation but without tossing its own values and human rights out off the window? And how to deal with the other seats of fire within the Union itself?

This podcast was recorded on 12 March 2020.

Further reading:
- Syrian voices: Where next for European policy?

The Anarchy by William Dalrymple
Pax Sinica: implications for the India dawn by Samir Saran and Akhil Deo
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
Blame Europe, not just Turkey, for migration deal collapse by Kati Piri
Beyond blackmail at the Greek-Turkish border by Nathalie Tocci
Clash of Empires: Currencies and Power in a Multipolar World by Charles Gave & Louis-Vincent Gave

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