The European Union is confronting some of its greatest challenges yet. Over the last few months, European leaders have been trying hard to find common ground on a relief package for Eurozone countries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. With the most recent EU27 summit extended long into its fourth day today, there are reports that a deal on a European recovery fund is now close.

Yet there are many other questions which loom on the horizon – from the rebellious Vizégrad states to the geopolitical problems posed by a resurgent Russia, a rising China, and instability in the Middle East.

Will a stronger Europe emerge from the crisis? In this latest episode of The New World podcast, recorded last week, I spoke to to Helen Thompson, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Cambridge, and Matthew Karnitschnig, chief Europe correspondent at Politico, to find out. You can listen here:

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