The book series “The Future of Europe: views from the Capitals” is one of TEPSA’s flagship activities. These collections of short chapters, published every year, analyse topical European issues from the perspective of each EU Member State and neighbouring countries, and help understand the future of the European project. The series is edited by Michael Kaeding, Johannes Pollak and Paul Schmidt, and showcases chapters written by researchers from the TEPSA network and beyond.
The third volume, “Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: views from the Capitals” sheds light on how Member States and EU neighbours reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of European solidarity, what they expect from the EU, and other Member States, and how they are ready to contribute to common action. It includes a Foreword by the Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament Katarina Barley and Othmar Karas. The volume reveals how European countries experience and perceive solidarity from the EU and towards the EU in different policy dimensions, such as intra-EU mobility, healthcare and financial and economic aspects of Europe’s recovery.
The spread of COVID-19 appears to have turned the world upside down. The pandemic has put enormous stress on the global economy. Its impact on the European Union, its Member States and neighbouring countries poses the biggest challenge since its existence. It is the latest stress test of the Europe’s solidarity after being pummeled by the eurozone debt turmoil, the migration crisis of 2015-16 and Brexit. Whether the EU can bounce back and what shape the recovery will take depends on what actions the Member States are willing to take individually and collectively in the days, weeks and months to come.
Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: views from the Capitals
Editors: Kaeding, Michael, Pollak, Johannes, Schmidt, Paul (Eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan