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Which ‘new normal’ after coronavirus? [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

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Many countries are now beginning to relax their strict confinement measures as the infection, hospitalisation and death rates from the coronavirus all fall. However, the impact of such moves is being monitored very closely, in order to try to forestall any second wave of infection. Meanwhile, debate intensifies about whether people’s previous life-styles and working practices, especially in richer industrialised countries, will be radically changed and/or remain sustainable in the emerging ‘new normal’. In parallel, the possibility of finding a vaccine, and using other modern technology applications, to overcome the virus is intensively discussed. Analysts are also looking at the disease’s specific impact in the poorest regions of the world, notably in sub-Saharan Africa.

This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports from international think tanks on coronavirus and related issues. Earlier publications on the topic can be found in the previous item in this series, published by EPRS on 8 May.

What kind of post-corona world do Europeans want?
European Council on Foreign Relations, May 2020

The great lockdown: Was it worth it?
Centre for European Policy Studies, May 2020

The end of ‘business as usual’? Covid-19 and the European Green Deal
Egmont, May 2020

The coronavirus crisis highlights Germany’s ‘reluctant leader’ problem
German Marshall Fund, May 2020

In der Corona-Krise aus der WTO-Krise
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, May 2020

European identity and the test of Covid-19
Instituto Affari Internazionali, May 2020

Eurasian Union fails a critical test: Displaying irrelevance in the time of the corona crisis
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, May 2020

Rebondir face au Covid-19 : L’enjeu du temps de travail
Institut Montainge, May 2020

Coronavirus: How are countries responding to the economic crisis?
Council on Foreign Relations, May 2020

Coronavirus vaccine: Available for all, or when it’s your turn?
Chatham House, May 2020

The health and economic impacts of Covid-19 interventions
Rand Corporation, May 2020

Risking their health to pay the bills: 100 million Europeans cannot afford two months without income
Bruegel, May 2020

Covid-19 and defence: The need for EU funding – Why EU budget negotiators should not only focus on financial firepower
Cligendael, May 2020

Coronavirus: Could a people’s bailout help?
Chatham House, May 2020

Social bonds in response to the Covid-19 crisis: When financial markets save lives
Centre for European Policy Studies, May 2020

Covid-19 and technology in the EU: Think bigger than apps
Martens Centre, May 2020

How can innovation help our societies in times of Covid-19 adversity?
Friends of Europe, May 2020

China should export more medical gear to battle Covid-19
Peterson Institute for International Economics, May 2020

The impact of Covid-19 restrictions on individual mobility
Bruegel, May 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and conflict dynamics in Syria
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, May 2020

Covid-19 in the Horn of Africa
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, May 2020

Covid-19: Les réponses européennes
Fondation Robert Schuman, May 2020

Covid-19 exposes Italy’s vulnerability to US-China antagonism
Instituto Affari Internazionali, May 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and deadly conflict
International Crisis Group, May 2020

Europe’s finest hour or its swansong?
Friends of Europe, May 2020

Containing Covid-19 in Sweden
Polish Institute of International Affairs, May 2020

In chaos, they thrive: The resurgence of extremist and terrorist groups during the Covid-19 pandemic
European Policy Centre, May 2020

Only a strong, united European response to Covid-19 can overcome the crisis
Friends of Europe, May 2020

Helicoptering money into Europe: The virtual credit card solution
Centre for European Policy Studies, May 2020

Over-reactions to the Coronavirus: A Chinese view on the war of words and geopolitical competition
Egmont, May 2020

How can citizens keep public corruption in check during ‘The Great Lockdown’?
Friends of Europe, May 2020

Migrations et Covid-19 : Un quitte ou double pour l’Europe?
Institut français des relations internationales, May 2020

Here’s why the EU project, age 70, must win pandemic test
Atlantic Council, May 2020

The challenge of the ‘day after’ the discovery of a Covid-19 antidote
Friends of Europe, May 2020

Why European companies might be better equipped to cope with the crisis than their US counterparts
Centre for European Policy Studies, May 2020

Building a post-pandemic world will not be easy
Bruegel, April 2020

Coronavirus risks worsening a food crisis in the Sahel and West Africa
Chatham House, May 2020

Why the UK should extend the transition period
Centre for European Reform, April 2020

Covid-19 and conflict in the Middle East
Clingendael, April 2020

Despite flattening the curve, South Korea faces economic challenges from Covid-19 as does the United States
Peterson Institute for International Economics, April 2020

Saving European defense from the coronavirus pandemic
Carnegie Europe, April 2020


Read this briefing on ‘Which ‘new normal’ after coronavirus?‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

Read all EPRS publications on the coronavirus outbreak

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