What kind of power? How the Covid-19 crisis affects the orientation of EU as a global actor

Research Paper by Konstantinos Papanikolaou

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The Covid-19 crisis, as a serious health and economic crisis, will certainly mark the evolution of European Union as a global actor. The question is will European Union remain a soft power with the current characteristics or the EU will become a global power with combined features of soft and hard power.

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Abstract

This article presents the consequences of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on the orientation of the EU as a global actor. The Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with the economic crisis, has caused changes to the international scene affecting all major powers, including the EU. Can the Covid-19 crisis be used as a catalyst for EU in order to change its international role in this new setting or EU will exhibit all the characteristics it had already developed as a global power over the previous years?


About the author

Konstantinos Papanikolaou is a Phd candidate at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He holds a BA in European and International Studies from the University of Piraeus and an MA in European and International Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His main research interests include Global Political Economy and the External Relations of the EU.