The von der Leyen Commission has claimed to be the first geopolitical Commission because of its ambition and realist approach to world affairs. The pandemic may foster more multilateral cooperation in search for the vaccine, but the recession may accelerate trade wars and nationalism.
The EU High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy said “the EU has to learn to use the language of power” before the pandemic. It is unclear what the impact of the COVID19 will be on this ambition. If the lockdown recession relaunches the USA-China trade war the EU is likely to be unheard and strongly affected.
The pandemic is also already fostering external interference in EU member states, be it economic or in the form of narrative wars. Nevertheless, the pandemic may also make the member states aware of shared risks and facilitate more cooperation among them.
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Miruna Butnaru-Troncotăis lecturer in International Relations at the National School for Political Studies and Administration of Bucharest and member of the OpenEUdebate network.
Antonia Colibasanu is senior geopolitical analyst lecturer. Geopolitcal Futures´Chief Operating Officer. Lecturer at the National School for Political Studies and Administration of Bucharest.
Ignacio Molina is senior analyst at the Elcano Institute and professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Moderation: Carlos Carnicero Urabayen.
Technical production and edition: Franco Delle Donne.
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