In July, EU heads of state and government finally reached agreement on a recovery package to tackle the socio-economic fallout from Covid-19. Daniel F. Schulz writes that although the agreement was unprecedented in its scope, Europe’s recovery strategy will draw heavily on the existing analyses and institutional structures of the European Semester. Ultimately, Europe’s leaders will be betting on […]
People are keen to find out about the latest scientific work on the pandemic – but they do not always understand that research is a slow process and the findings can only be provisional. Zubeyde Demircioğlu says public frustration will lead to distrust and a surge in conspiracy theories unless scientists are clear that, at this early stage, much remains […]
How might the negotiations over the future UK-EU relationship affect healthcare access? Drawing on a new research briefing, Matt Wood provides a detailed assessment of the impact UK-EU and UK-US trade agreements may have on healthcare across Europe.
Protecting health and healthcare was one of the key issues during the EU referendum in 2016, and now, with the coronavirus crisis […]
In The Anthropology of Epidemics, editors Ann H. Kelly, Frédéric Keck and Christos Lynteris curate a collection that provides insight into how ethnographic studies of epidemics might challenge the central assumptions of not only anthropology, but social theory writ large. The volume offers a rich exploration into how, and to what end, ethnographic attention to epidemics can extend social theory today, writes Sophia Goodfriend.
The Anthropology of […]
Think the outlook for the UK labour market in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic looks bad? But just how bad? And along which dimensions? Jonathan Wadsworth answers these questions. He concludes that the crisis was marked by higher absences from work as well as a large rise in short-time working and hiring freezes, not by wage cuts and […]
Populist radical right parties made electoral gains in several countries across Europe following the financial and migration crises. Yet as Georgios Samaras writes, Covid-19 poses an altogether different challenge that Europe’s populist outsiders have so far largely failed to rise to.
In recent years, far-right political parties in Europe have capitalised on crises to build their support bases. Many have made it […]
Fridays for Future, which was set up to campaign against climate change, has had a major impact across Europe. Yet the Covid-19 outbreak has forced the movement to adopt new strategies beyond public demonstrations. Sophia Hunger and Swen Hutter examine how supporters were mobilised in Germany during a recent online climate strike.
In September 2019, 60 percent of Germans named […]
Previous epidemics have been associated with a fall in births. Trude Lappegård, Axel Peter Kristensen and Svenn-Erik Mamelund assess what the Covid-19 pandemic could mean for birth rates in the Nordic countries, which were already declining prior to the virus. They argue that financial insecurity generated by the outbreak could encourage young adults to put off starting a family, […]
Young people exposed to an epidemic have less trust in political institutions for the rest of their lives
What impact will the Covid-19 outbreak have on levels of political trust? Cevat Giray Aksoy, Barry Eichengreen and Orkun Saka find that individuals who experience epidemics in their impressionable years display less confidence in political leaders, governments, and elections for the rest of their lives.
It is widely argued (here, for instance) that the keys to success in dealing with Covid-19 […]
Will Covid-19 lead to a baby boom in Europe? Francesca Luppi, Bruno Arpino and Alessandro Rosina find that the effect of the pandemic on fertility intentions is negative across Europe. Such consequences only exacerbate the effects of the Great Recession, as both crises have affected the fertility plans of the same generation.
At the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic there […]
The removal of border-checks and travel restrictions between EU states has been one of the most striking features of European integration. Yet as Jaume Castan Pinos and Steven M. Radil write, European governments quickly adopted tighter border controls as they sought to halt the spread of Covid-19. They argue that while national borders were once thought to be a […]
How can European economies recover from Covid-19? Dirk Jan van den Berg writes that as entrepreneurship takes a hit, Europe needs collaboration to develop, identify and implement innovative solutions.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to our societies. This defining moment is pushing us to reconsider and change the way we live; and ultimately, this will mean innovating. Indeed, innovation […]
The Covid-19 pandemic will have major implications for public trust in scientific expertise. But will this effect be positive or negative, and will it affect trust in individual scientists or science more broadly? Cevat Giray Aksoy, Barry Eichengreen and Orkun Saka write that people aged 18 to 25, whose core beliefs are still being formed, are likely to suffer the […]
The Covid-19 pandemic has motivated huge levels of spending from governments across the world. But once the pandemic is over, how will these measures be paid for? Arvind Ashta assesses the feasibility of seven potential options.
While statistics on the daily number of infections and deaths caused by Covid-19 are available from many sources, there is absolute silence on the […]
As long as economic growth remains the EU’s main objective, it will not be well prepared for health threats
The Covid-19 outbreak has prompted a variety of proposals for improving the EU’s capacity to tackle future pandemics. Charlotte Godziewski argues that while there has been much discussion about technical reforms, there has been little attention paid to the role that economic and political ideologies have in shaping health outcomes. We cannot talk about better equipping EU states to […]
What do financial markets make of the economic impact from the Covid-19 pandemic? Iain McMenamin, Michael Breen and Juan Muñoz-Portillo track how the markets have judged the risk of an Italian default since the start of the crisis. They write the market response appears to have been driven in part by the level of solidarity shown from other EU […]
Comparing European reactions to Covid-19: Why policy decisions must be informed by reliable and contextualised evidence
How meaningful, reliable and useful are the comparisons being made by the media and politicians of the impact of Covid-19 on different EU member states? Linda Hantrais examines how the value of comparisons for policymaking within the EU can be improved. She argues that analysis of information about the numbers of Covid-19 cases, deaths and policy measures should take […]
The Covid-19 outbreak has substantially increased the presence of experts in national politics. As Sam van der Staak writes, however, experts on democracy have so far had relatively little involvement in government responses to the pandemic. He argues that once the crisis shifts beyond the immediate disaster-control phase, democracy experts should seek a central role in shaping what comes […]
Covid-19 has given rise to a heated debate within the EU over debt mutualisation. Drawing lessons from the creation of Airbus, Daniele Archibugi argues the EU would be better served by focusing on how member states could pool their resources to create new companies capable of competing in emerging sectors.
If the European Union is truly aiming at reconstruction, it […]