At the start of 2020, the new EU ‘geopolitical’ Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, envisaged to strengthen the coherence between internal and external EU economic policies in order to build more strategic power in external relations. Its green strategy, framed as European Green Deal, has envisaged that Europe would become the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050. In spite of, or rather due to the pandemic, the Commission has been creative in attempts to turn coronavirus challenges into green (and digital) economic opportunities. This briefing paper explains the EU’s vision of its geopolitics through Europe’s climate neutral COVID‐19 economic recovery, with particular reference to the European Green Deal policies and the Next Generation EU financial mechanism.
|Name||ANU Centre for European Studies Briefing Paper Series|
|Name||The ANU Centre for European Studies Briefing Paper Series|
|Publisher||Australian National University|