“Globalization and its Critics”, Francis Ghilès (CIDOB, Spain)

The coronavirus pandemic has offered an opportunity to those convinced that economic retreat and border closures are the best answers to the many challenges that globalization brings to western democracies.

The hidden costs and fragility of global supply chains have been brutally exposed by the pandemic. But what the COVID-19 has also demonstrated is hat each country has a selfish and very self-evident interest in helping others, and no amount of anti-globalist rhetoric will detract from the huge source of stability offered by international trade and cooperation.

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