The EU's Practical Test: The Coronavirus Pandemic
The EU wants to fight the coronavirus recession with billions in aid. But money alone cannot secure Europe's future and influence in the world, says Jan Techau of the German Marshall Fund. The political scientist fears that the EU could emerge from the crisis as a big loser, as he explains to moderator Ruth Kirchner in an interview with rbb inforadio 12:22.
There is a lot of talk about the Marshall Plan at the moment—the parallel to 1947 for the reconstruction of Europe is obvious. It is about reconstruction and it is as much about geopolitical resilience today as it was then: how can we make this weakened European body resistant again? Apart from reconstruction, the second task is therefore not to lose sight of the foreign-policy dimension. Europe must remain influential in the world.