How the coronavirus pandemic affects the EU’s geopolitical agenda

The EU’s leadership announced last year that it would play a more geopolitical role and learn to speak the “language of power”. One year later, a global pandemic severely affects this geopolitical ambition. In this policy paper, Anna Stahl and Nicole Koenig review the pandemic’s geopolitical implications for the EU with a focus on three key relationships: China, the US and Africa. It argues that the EU should fill the global leadership vacuum that others leave and makes proposals for concrete articulations of this role in the pandemic’s global aftermath. 

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