The covid-19 rupture: what will it mean for Europeans’ security?

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Even before the pandemic, Europeans had much to worry about: slow economies and polarised politics, rising global tensions and disorder, an unstable neighbourhood, and a heating planet. Covid-19's assault has only amplified such concerns, as well as exposing the fragility of much that Europeans have taken for granted about their lives; heightening the instinct to withdraw and protect; and raising the curtain on a major economic crisis. How will this rupture affect Europeans' understanding of their own security? Which threats and risks will they want their leaders to prioritise? And what responses should those leaders make?

  • Nathalie Tocci, Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali and ECFR Council Member. Tocci is Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen and Special Advisor to EU High Representative and Vice President of the Commission Josep Borrell.
  • Nick Witney, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow
  • Chaired by Susi Dennison, ECFR European Power Programme Director