The covid-19 crisis has put European cohesion to the test. In Spring 2020, EU member states went their own ways by closing borders, keeping their medical equipment for themselves and not coordinating enough with their European counterparts. Since then, there has been significant progress, most notably on the economic recovery, but also in terms of healthcare coordination. 

However, Europeans actually entered the crisis and pandemic well prepared to stick together as part of the EU, with robust economic and political ties between member states and a lot of trust among the citizens. In fact, European cohesion was stronger in 2019 than in 2007, the year before the global financial crisis. With 12 years of data, the fourth edition of the EU Cohesion Monitor tells a story of European perseverance in the face of multiple crises.

Ahead of the joint online event with the European Policy Centre and Connecting Europe on 18 February 2021 – where the role of the Portuguese EU Council Presidency for improving European cohesion in 2021 will be discussed – experts from the award-winning international think tank, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) are available for quote and analysis in English, German, French and Polish:


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