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Book "European foreign policy in times of COVID-19"

20/03/2021 - 08:39
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The book tells the story of the main events of 2020 and how the EU has responded. It traces the main stages of the pandemic and the EU’s actions: from the ‘battle of narratives’ and the work on repatriation, to the development of ‘Team Europe’ and the deal on the recovery fund.

 

It directly addresses key questions for European foreign policy: what does it mean to develop European strategic autonomy? What is the future of the transatlantic partnership under the new US administration and how to deal with the strategic competition between China and the United States? How should the EU act in the face of "new empires" that threaten to destabilise our neighbourhood? And how can it strengthen its partnerships with Africa, Latin America or the Indo-Pacific?

In tackling these questions, HR/VP Josep Borrell Fontelles addresses the main challenges facing Europe’s global role, focusing on key milestones and choices that have marked this exceptional year.

ISBN 978-92-9238-927-7

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENT

INTRODUCTION

2020, European foreign policy in times of COVID-19

  1. THE CASE FOR A STRONG EUROPEAN FOREIGN POLICY

Is Europe too divided to have a foreign policy?  

Europe’s hard and soft power  

How do we ensure Europe is able to act?  

The way to go for a united, resilient and sovereign Europe  

European strategic complacency is not an option  

The EEAS at 10: for Europe, worldwide

  1. EU RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

A global “battle of narratives”  

A “Hamiltonian moment” for Europe?  

COVID-19, its consequences and the European response  

How COVID-19 is reshaping the world  

Debt: the urgent need for a global recovery initiative  

“Team Europe”: how the EU is supporting partner countries  

We need a stronger World Health Organisation  

No to vaccine nationalism, yes to vaccine multilateralism  

Education must not fall victim to COVID-19  

  1. THE EU, GLOBAL POWERS, NEW EMPIRES AND MULTILATERALISM

Let’s make the most of the new chapter in EU-US relations  

The events in Washington on 6 January 2021 and what they mean for Europe ‍

Trust and reciprocity: the necessary ingredients for EU-China cooperation  

China carbon neutrality in 2060: a possible game changer for climate  

The Sinatra doctrine: how the EU should deal with the US–China competition  

Europe in the face of the “new empires”  

The way ahead after a difficult year 2020 for EU–Turkey relations  

The urgency to revive multilateralism  

The EU stands with the United Nations  

We need straight-talk and determined action on democracy  

The complex road towards an EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime  

  1. BUILDING SECURITY THE EUROPEAN WAY

Operation IRINI to enforce Libya arms embargo  

Together for the security and stability of the Sahel  

We need to fight Islamist terrorism together  

Saving the Iran nuclear deal  

Space, the new frontier of global politics 1

Cyber sanctions: time to act  

The essential fight against disinformation and manipulation  

Defence cooperation: how strategic perseverance will pay off  

  1. EU FOREIGN POLICY AROUND THE GLOBE

The challenges of the western Mediterranean

Libya: a glimmer of hope?

Syria: we will continue to do our part  

Let us nurture the EU-Israel relationship, not gamble it  

Helping rebuild Beirut and Lebanon 1

The Eastern Partnership is at the heart of EU foreign policy  

Belarusians courageously demand democratic change  

The EU continues to stand with the people of Belarus

Ukraine: reforms must continue  

From Dayton to Brussels: working for a stable and democratic Bosnia and Herzegovina  

Bosnia and Herzegovina: the migration crisis is far from over  

A new start for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue  

Let’s strengthen our ties with Africa  

Demonstrating Europe’s commitment to Africa  

The Nile and beyond: geopolitics of water  

Placing culture at the heart of our dialogue with Africa  

Latin America-Europe: the ‘other’ transatlantic relationship  

Venezuela: the clear urgency of a political and democratic solution

Strengthening EU-ASEAN partnership, an urgent necessity  

The EU–ASEAN strategic partnership: how did that happen?  

The Asian Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): what does it mean for the EU?

India, a key partner for Europe  

Why EU-Pakistan relations are so important for us  

Demography and Europe in the world  

CONCLUSION  

2021, a year that promises to be equally challenging  

ANNEX  

Global events and key activities during first year of mandate

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