Voices of Europe | Episode 2: Has Covid-19 Irreversibly Changed Europe?

The corona crisis has seen the EU shut its borders and struggling to cope with the new economical reality. Oren Nahari, in a podcast series produced in collaboration with the EU National Institutes for Culture, tries to find an answer to the question - has the world as we know it about to change forever?

Europeans during the corona crisis

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Many countries around the world have responded to the corona crisis by closing border crossings, including EU countries. The principle of freedom of movement was set aside, in favor of the principle of maintaining public health. The global epidemic landed on Europe at the end of a tumultuous decade - the slow economic recovery from the 2008 crisis, the accession of weak countries to the Union and the dramatic exit of Britain following the Brexit referendum.

Germany, in its role as the responsible adult, manages to advance processes of economic aid and political cooperation, but the union is still lagging behind when it comes to scientific and medical developments and has difficulty participating in the race to find a vaccine or cure for Corona.

Oren Nahari hosts Prof. Ulrike Guérot, professor at the Department of European Politics and Democracy Research (DED) at the Danube University Krems (Austria), and  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Margarita Seselgyte, Director of the Institute of International relations and political sciences at Vilnius University, and together they try to answer the question: has the corona crisis irreversibly changed Europe? And is there a chance that the EU countries will be able to cooperate effectively to resolve the crisis?

>> Listen to Episode 1: What is Europe?