Europe’s global role in response to the COVID-19 economic crisis

Despite being of comparable economic weight to the US and China, its most prominent global competitors, Europe has not been as influential as a power in global governance. Lacking the ‘hard power’ derived from military capabilities, it has laid claim to a ‘soft power’ of normative influence externally. Nor, despite some successes, has Europe been able to exercise the power to coerce – ‘sharp power’ – as systematically as its global rivals. Yet, it should be recalled not only are five European countries members of the G20, but also the EU is a member in its own right.

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis and against the backdrop of the severe global economic downturn authors and commentators of a Dahrendorf Forum scenario report will build on the analytic approach in these scenarios to debate questions like: As in 2008/9, a coordinated response to the economic crisis is required, how well placed is Europe to lead in the G20?, Is a more internationalised euro still a realistic ambition and can it, too, become a tool for a better coordinated response?, What is next for the WTO in the face of US intransigence?

Policy Briefs
Diplomacy and interferences in social media: contrasting disinformation and protecting multilateralism
Elisa Piras - Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (Italy), Serena Giusti - Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (Italy)
Deepening G20-UN system cooperation to foster socio-economic recovery from the pandemic and reduce inequality worldwide: towards a G20+
Joris Larik - Leiden University (Netherlands); Stimson Center, Washington DC (USA), Richard Ponzio - Stimson Center, Washington DC (USA)
Global legal standards: pathways to reorganise globalisation
Erik Jones - Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Bologna (Italy), FU Jun - Peking University, Beijing (China), Giovanni Farese - European University of Rome (Italy), Marta Dassù - Aspen Institute Italia
How to systematise G20 engagement with African multilateralism
Gustavo de Carvalho - Institute for Security Studies (ISS), South Africa
G20 global annual risk report
REN Lin - Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing (China)
An open, flexible and “fit-for-purpose” multilateralism
Lecaros de Cossio - OECD, Michele Bellini - Budapest European Agora, Budapest (Hungary), Tullio Ambrosone - Scuola di Politiche, Milan (Italy)
A transformative gender approach to fighting corruption in low- and middle-income countries
Laura Dugardin - Sciences Po (PSIA), Paris (France), Mathea Bernhardt - Sciences Po (PSIA), Paris (France), Maxime Forest - Sciences Po (PSIA), Paris (France)
Cryptocurrencies and state power: harnessing the benefits of DLT through multilateralism
Amir Magdy - Kamel King’s College London (UK), Michele Groppi - King’s College London (UK), Zeno Leoni - King’s College London (UK)
A G20 tech diplomacy
Mario Torres - Pontifical University of Salamanca, Shaun Riordan - European Institute for International Studies
Identifying ultimate beneficial owners: a risk-based approach to improving the transparency of international financial flows
Georges Hübner - HEC University of Liège (France), Luc Leruth - International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET Policy Institute) (Georgia), Luc Renneboog - Tilburg University (Netherlands), Yves Crama - HEC University of Liège (France)
Strengthening multilateralism and multi-stakeholder partnerships in international development cooperation
Carlos R. Milani - Brazilian Center for International Relations CEBRI (Rio de Janeiro); Rio de Janeiro State University’s Institute for Social and Political Studies IESP-UERJ
The cyber diplomacy of constructing norms in cyberspace
Mario Torres - Pontifical University of Salamanca, Shaun Riordan - European Institute for International Studies
An inclusive approach for addressing global challenges through coordination
Maha Akeel - Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Joining forces: Reviving multilateralism through multi-stakeholder cooperation
Hugo Dobson - University of Sheffield, Ronja Scheler - Körber-Stiftung
Coordinating committee for the governance of artificial intelligence
Danil Kerimi - Kindwell Inc., Vancouver, Thorsten Jelinek - Taihe Institute, Wendell Wallach - ISPS Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University
At the interface of security and development – Adressing fragility through good governance of the security sector
Abigail Robinson - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), Camilla Arvaston - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), Daniel Reimers - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), Hans Born - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), Viola Csordas - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF)
Reinvigorating multilateral cooperation during the Covid-19 crisis: The role of the G20
Dennis Görlich - & Program Manager, Socio-Economic Transformation, Juliane Stein-Zalai - Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Reinforcing global climate governance to deliver higher ambition
Jennifer Allan - Lecturer in International Relations, Cardiff University, Mari Luomi - Independent expert, Rishikesh Ram Bhandary - Research Fellow, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
The future of multilateralism: responsible globalization that empowers citizens and leaves no one behind
Homi Kharas - The Brookings Institution, Sebastian Strauss - Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution , Dennis Snower - Global Solutions Initiative
A new lifeline for the G20? The Role of african and european actors in enhancing its legitimacy and effectiveness
Bernardo Venturi - Istituto Affari Internazionali, Christine Hackenesch - German Development Institute, Daniele Fattibene - Istituto Affari Internazionali, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos - South African Institute of International Affairs, Luca Barana - Istituto Affari Internazionali
Managing the transition to a multi-stakeholder artificial intelligence governance
Andrés Ortega - Elcano Royal Institute, Julia Pomares - Government of the City of Buenos Aires, María Belén Abdala - CIPPEC Argentina
International political economy & future of multilateralism: A platform for cooperation for G20 sovereign wealth funds
Curran Flynn - King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Shafi Aldamer - King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Yaroslav Lissovolik - Valdai Discussion Club
The Possibilities for ‘Effective Multilateralism’ in the Coming Global Order
Alan S. Alexandroff - Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto
Towards a Multilateral Consensus on Data Governance
Alan Ichilevici de Oliveira - NAMA Facility - Carbon-neutral development in emerging economies, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) , Kateryna Heseleva - Hertie School, Vincent Jerald Ramos - Hertie School
Reinvigorating multilateral cooperation during the COVID-19 crisis: The role of the G20
Dennis Görlich - & Program Manager, Socio-Economic Transformation, Juliane Stein-Zalai - Kiel Institute for the World Economy
The Future of Multilateralism: Towards A Responsible Globalization That Empowers Citizens And Leaves No One Behind
Dennis Snower - Global Solutions Initiative, Homi Kharas - The Brookings Institution, Sebastian Strauss - Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution
Coordinating Committee for the Governance of Artificial Intelligence
Thorsten Jellinek - Taihe Institute, Europe Center, Wendell Wallach - ISPS Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University, Danil Kerimi - Kindwell Inc., Vancouver
Commentaries and Articles
T20 Recommendations Report: Global Governance and the Future of International Institutions
Compiled by Dennis Görlich (IfW Kiel) and Juliane Stein-Zalai (IfW Kiel)
The China-West Dialogue: Toward a Global Order for All
Background Note for Global Solutions Summit “Global Table on the Global Order”
Message to the special G20 Leaders’ Summit on the COVID-19 Pandemic
By World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid
Letter to EU Presidents
By Danilo Türk, President of World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid; Former President of Slovenia
Letter to International Monetary Fund and World Bank
By Danilo Türk, President of World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid; Former President of Slovenia
Message to the G20 on EU’s Coronavirus Global Response Online Pledging Event
By Danilo Türk, President of World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid
Geopolitical symptoms of COVID-19: Narrative battles within the Eastern Partnership
By Mihai-Razvan Corman (Bertelsmann Stiftung) and Eliana Coraci (Bertelsmann Stiftung)
Coronavirus is also a threat to democratic constitutions
By Constanze Stelzenmüller (Brookings)
The Action Imperative for the G20
By Rajiv Bhatia (Gateway House)
Pandemic and Socialism
By Prabhat Patnaik (IPSP)
The COVID-19 pandemic: A letter to G-20 leaders
By IPSP
Toward “effective multilateralism” in turbulent times – Global Solutions Journal
Realizing opportunities of the 21st century for all – Global Solutions Journal
The future of multilateralism – Global Solutions Journal
The future of AI governance – Global Solutions Journal
The economic causes of populism – Global Solutions Journal
China and its Long March: End in sight? Not yet – Global Solutions Journal
The WTO needs a Plan B – Global Solutions Journal
Will COVID-19 Remake the World?
By Dani Rodrik (Harvard University – Kennedy School of Government)
The G20 Needs to Show Leadership to Fight COVID-19
By John Bruton
A Letter to G20 Governments
By Erik Berglöf, Gordon Brown & Jeremy Farrar (Project Syndicate)

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