European Integration During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Institutional challenges in the European Union have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic at the same time that EU enlargement has been put aside. Agreed in July 2020, the recovery fund, Next Generation EU, brought hope of further integration and collaboration.

But will we observe institutional changes and a shift in power relations toward Central and Southeastern Europe? How could Brexit lead to EU institutional recovery and reform?

To answer these questions, Sebastian Schäffer, managing director of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), welcomes the Austrian historian and university professor, Dr. Michael Gehler. Formerly head of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary History Research in Vienna, the European Commission awarded him the position of Jean Monnet Chair for European history. A professor for contemporary German and European history, Gehler is the head of the Institute for History at the University of Hildesheim in Germany.

Central Europe Explained” (CEE) is a podcast series produced by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group. Credits: hosted by Sebastian Schäffer; production and editing by Emma Hontebeyrie; and proofreading by Jack Gill.

*[Fair Observer is a media partner of Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe.]

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