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Dahrendorf Forum researchers called upon to discuss the Covid-19 crisis

Various members of the Dahrendorf team and wider network have been called upon to share their views on the global Covid-19 pandemic across a wide range of media outlets.

Most recently, Academic co-director Iain Begg was quote in German newspaper Bild about the UK’s response to the virus and also spoke with Politico about the the EU’s fiscal response to the Coronavirus. He also took part in a CGTN segment assessing the economic impact of Covid-19. Earlier, in a piece looking at the situation within the UK, Iain explains that PM Boris Johnson’s reluctance to enforce a full lockdown is largely due to government fears about the long-term impact on the UK’s heavily service orientated economy.  In a second article examining the reaction elsewhere in Europe, Iain considers the divisions within the EU revealed by their differing reactions to European Central Bank’s plan to stimulate the economy with a massive bond-buying programme (both published 20 March).

He was also quoted by news agency Xinhua and NBD about the impact of Boris Johnson’s illness on the British government. Earlier, he was interviewed by Sputnik on the economic consequences of  the lock-down for the UK economy (published 30 March).

Meanwhile our working group co-chair at the Hertie School Andrea Römmele discussed the threat to democracy posed by the coronavirus  pandemic due to the increase in state power which it has necessitated in an interview for the German news programme Tagesschau (published 25 March). She also took part in a discussion panel on the same theme for the online radio station SWR2 on 20 March.

Dahrendorf committee member and Director of Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) Nathalie Tocci penned an opinion piece for the journal Russia in Global Affairs outlining how Europe must rise to the challenge of fighting the global crisis of coronavirus (published 25 March)

Watch this space for a round-up of more contributions in due course.