Covid-19 and a new social Europe

Patrick Thill, Vassil Kirov

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With lessons not learnt, yet with the ‘rebuilding’ of Europe very much under construction, it is time for a truly social Europe.
The coronavirus crisis exposed not just the lack of a European public-health strategy and of solidarity across national health systems but also the emptiness of the contextualising frame of ‘social Europe’—vital though this is to Europe’s future social cohesion. Although it is still too early to capture the full impact of the crisis, unemployment is rising and youth unemployment dramatically so, while precarity and poverty are hitting the most exposed, exacerbating pre-pandemic vulnerabilities (...)
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputSocial Europe Weblog
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2020

Bibliographical note

Article appeared in the Blog of Social Europe.


  • COVID-19
  • COVID 19
  • coronavirus crisis
  • social Europe
  • pandemic

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