In Praise of Realism

The Future of the EU as a Political Project

20 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has shown both the problems and the results of the EU. The Single Market is still operating, and once the crisis is over we can build on this achievement of integration.

The coronavirus pandemic may not have killed the European Union, but it will certainly change the course of the debate about the future of the EU, which was meant to take place in this May following the initiative of the European Commission.

This is an overdue debate, but the priorities appear to have changed significantly in the last couple of months.

Nobody saw it coming

The COVID-19 disease did not seem like an issue for Europe until global interconnectedness and ski resorts brought the virus to the continent a few months ago.

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Márton Ugrósdy

Márton Ugrósdy is the Director of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, Hungary. His research interests cover transatlantic issues, energy security, and US foreign policy in Central and Eastern Europe.

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