The EU is facing some of the most severe challenges since its inception: a staggering economic recession, a collapsing Schengen regime, Brexit, and rising US-China tensions. Yet, COVID-19 pandemic has also strengthened the EU’s resolve to promote international multilateralism and a bold Green Deal for Europe. Similarly, the results of the global pandemic have emboldened those political forces in Europe that push for a fiscal union and cross-border solidarity among the EU member states. Frédéric Mérand argues that COVID could be a game-changer for the project of European integration.

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