Living in an à la carte world: What European policymakers should learn from global public opinion

Jeremy Shapiro welcomes Timothy Garton Ash, Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard to discuss how public sentiment can guide Europe in building partnerships and the world of tomorrow

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ECFR’s new global opinion poll reveals that many people outside the West want Europe and the US in their lives for all they have to offer – but that does not translate into full political alignment.

In this week’s episode, ECFR’s research director Jeremy Shapiro welcomes council member Timothy Garton Ash, who is a bestselling author and professor of European studies at Oxford University; Ivan Krastev, who is a founding board member of ECFR and chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia; and ECFR’s director Mark Leonard to discuss how public sentiment can guide Europe in building partnerships for the world of tomorrow. What is the basis for the West’s soft power? What sort of offer is China making the world? And whom do countries in the ‘global south’ prefer when faced with a choice between the West and China?

This podcast was recorded on 7 November 2023.


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Cover image:
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (l, SPD) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, and Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, attend lunch at the G20 summit
Image by picture alliance/dpa | Kay Nietfeld

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