Geopolitics in the time of the Coronavirus: The EU’s leadership in global health

The Coronavirus crisis has further aggravated great power rivalry and has become a test case for the EU’s geopolitical ambitions. It has highlighted China’s central role in the world economy as well as its global aspirations. In addition, the crisis shows that the Trump administration is pursuing national interests, putting US global leadership at stake. In this Policy Position, Anna Stahl argues that despite what it may appear at first sight, the current crisis could be an opportunity for the EU to position itself as a geopolitical actor. Taking the example of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Anna Stahl reveals the EU’s leadership in global health and its ability to position itself as an honest broker between the US and China.

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