Periods of crisis can strip politics back to its most basic forms, and the political reality is laid bare: who, if anyone, has the power to tell other people what to do. While the European Union has a considerable stake in the crisis, particularly in the Eurozone, it is national states which have been the politically primary actors in calling for lockdowns across Europe. Real coercive power still lies, it seems, with Europe’s nations. What repercussions has this reassertion of national political power had on public opinion across Europe? Will it change how Europeans think of themselves and each other? Will it bring us together or push us further apart? And how will the Euro area cope?
Chris Anderson (@soccerquant) is Professor in European Politics & Policy at the European Institute at LSE.
Simon Glendinning (@lonanglo) is Professor in European Philosophy and Head of the European Institute at LSE.
Waltraud Schelkle is Professor in Political Economy at the European Institute at LSE.
Esra Özyürek (@esragozyurek) is Professor in European Anthropology and Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute at LSE.
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