What kind of role do emotions play in the response to covid-19? How could the pandemic contaminate Europe's democracy when illiberal populists use it to seize more power?
Emotions are an increasingly important part of contemporary politics. Strategies based on fear, nostalgia or hope are used by political leaders all over Europe to mobilize populations. How will the pandemic affect liberal democracies? Karolina Wigura discusses why we should care about how emotions will shape Europe's political response to covid-19.
About ECFR Quarantimes
We are all suffering from confirmation bias. Nationalists claim that the corona virus shows the superiority of the nation state; multilateralists claim the same for multilateralism; the end of globalization has also been proclaimed; for the left it is the end of capitalism; and for climate activists it confirms the need for more climate protections. ECFR Quarantimes enlists the brightest voices to help us think beyond the immediate response to the covid-19 crisis and overcome our pre-existing biases and beliefs to shape Europe's future role in the post corona world.
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