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Geopolitical rivalry leaves Europe with less influence

Friday, November 6, 2020


Global order and institutions have been undermined by the hostile assertiveness of the United States, China, Russia and Turkey; COVID-19 has strengthened the trend. This leaves Europe facing the daunting challenge of pursuing a new geostrategic agenda conducive to political unity and economic success.


  • The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 across the EU risks accelerating Euroscepticism.
  • In the wake of budget cuts and member state divisions the EU will continue to struggle to stabilise troubles in its neighbourhood.
  • EU efforts to assert its international influence by shaping the global regulatory environment risk facing greater backlash.
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