2019/20 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp and Director Fuat Keyman’s policy brief “A Fumbling or an Enabling European Union: Envisioning Multilateralism in a Post-Corona World” was published.
The COVID-19 crisis has presented an opportunity for populist/authoritarian regimes to promote their nationalist/protectionist narratives and policies. The rise of protectionist measures amid the pandemic and the introduction of border controls gives the image that the EU and its member states have been unable to cope with the crisis. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic creates strains in the already fragile multilateralism of the European Union and raises important discussions about the future of the European integration project and multilateralism in general. This policy brief argues that the EU needs to implement urgent cooperation and multilateral solutions in order to weather the pandemic and, ultimately, contribute to the creation of a much-needed fair, democratic, and resilient global governance.
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