EuropeNow on COVID-19








In this series, we feature a spotlight on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its connections to European politics, society, and culture. This page will be updated as new pieces continue to be published.



Keep scrolling for the full list of contributions.





Explanations for the Uneven Impact of COVID-19 in North and South Italy

By Angela Cacciarru and Antonio Paesano

“There are many factors intervening in a society’s ability to combat disease. While Italy was featured everywhere in global media as the place where COVID-19 was out of control and the situation desperately stark, the spreading of the virus was showing more and more its uneven impact.”




Europe’s Essential Workers

By Ruxandra Paul

“Migrants have always been both essential to modern economies and objects of suspicion, but the Coronavirus pandemic has brought this tension to a head both in migrant-sending and migrant-receiving countries.”





Peregrination by Louis-Philippe Dalembert

Translated by Ghjulia Romiti 

“I wander through Paris / who no longer knows our names / silent from our laughter / and our pale anguish / the black and naked sun / has a faded smell of hunger / in the eyes of a child from my island / one-eyed and dirty / with silence / with lost arrogance and banter / like a harlot from another time”





Unmasking the Rifts in the European Union: New Coalitions at the EU’s Historic Summit from July 17-21

By Thomas Henökl

“During the second-longest summit session in the European Council’s history, in the early morning hours of June 21, 2020, and after almost four days of tough negotiations, the twenty-seven heads of state and government finally agreed on a €1,074 billion long-term budget and COVID-19 recovery fund.”




Giovanni Boccaccio’s “Decameron” and Life Beyond the Plague

By Alyssa Granacki

“Commentators have astutely recognized the similarities between Giovanni Boccaccio’s description of plague-stricken Italy and our new normal as COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the globe.”





The Impact of COVID-19 on Student Mobilities

By Alexandru Pieptea

“Although many EU countries have faced challenges brought on by the coronavirus, there are differences in the extent of required measures. Several countries have decided to take measures in terms of closing some or all educational institutions for varying time periods.”




Living on the Margins in France: Before and During COVID-19

By Jean Beaman

“Minority populations are responding to a violence that is not new, but rather an extension of the violence of French colonialism. The quarantine period reveals how some individuals, even those who are citizens, are forever seen as suspicious.”



#StrongerTogether, COVID Rescue Funds, and the Dream of True European Solidarity: An Interview with Diogo Magalhaes

By Juliane Mendelsohn ​

“I spoke to my friend and author, Diogo Magalhaes, about isolation in times of crisis, the true nature of (EU) solidarity, and the strange radicalism of ideas such as COVID bonds.”




A New Existentialism for Infectious Times

By Jennifer McWeeny

“Much like Beauvoir and her famous entourage, we, too, are contending with an unexpected and catastrophic visitor. The coronavirus pandemic therefore allows us to enter the historical experience of these French thinkers more deeply than we have before.”




How the Coronavirus Reshapes the Global Economy is Our Choice

By Peter Debaere

“If we continue to scapegoat globalization instead of being willing to share more equitably the benefits of technological progress and of globalization, we will fail to bring about the international cooperation we need.”




Solidarity and Its Limits

By Anke S. Biendarra

“While mutual support might work reasonably well on an interpersonal level, the Coronavirus outbreak is rapidly revealing the limits of solidarity when it comes to nation states, confirming that it is not a genuine ‘European’ value per se, but is borrowed from the national political vocabulary.”





Photo: Medieval Doctor | Eugene Ivanov


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