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Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance: Covid-19 and European Diplomacy

23 July 2020

2 mins

Loughborough University London’s Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance have created a series of mini-lectures that discuss the effects of Covid-19 on a national and global scale. The lectures have been distributed to students providing weekly video content that pose pivotal questions and encourage students to consider the implications of a global pandemic on politics and the economy.

Dr Dorina Baltag: Covid-19 and European Diplomacy

Dr. Dorina Baltag elaborates on the diplomacy of the member-states of the European Union (the EU) in the new world order created by Covid-19 in the fifth part of the mini-lecture series.

Usually, scholars evaluate the European Union as a political entity based on the politics of rule -since it is based on a vast amount of regulations and directives. Instead, Covid-19 has given the rare opportunity examine the European Union based on politics of events -on an ad-hoc basis. A retrospective timeline of diplomatic actions of EU member-states reveals the vulnerability of the interconnected states and the current political crossroad that the EU finds itself at: that of national interests and solidarity efforts.

Dr Baltag ends this mini-lecture by looking forward and proposing several ways in which this vulnerability can be addressed via diplomacy.

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