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In the space of just a few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged much of the world into a state suspended paralysis. The crisis has laid bare just how unprepared we in the developed world are in the event of a major global catastrophe. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that bureaucratic infighting and delays in prudent policymaking has deadly and economically ruinous consequences.
When the first signs of an outbreak began in China in late 2019, the earliest warnings were covered up by a paranoid Communist regime intent on keeping the world uninformed about the deadly nature of the disease. And despite numerous signals, Europe and the US chose not to heed the warnings.

Leadership in Crisis & Frontline Heroes


Introduction to Our World’s ‘Struck by the Pandemic’ Edition

The COVID19 pandemic has been described by many, including leading health experts, international organisations and political leaders around the world, as the greatest challenge...

Stella Kyriakides

European Commissioner for Health

COVID-19 Threatens to Bring Back Unfair and Unequal Treatment of Working Women

Early signs are that the COVID-19 virus poses a greater direct health risk to men, and particularly older men. But the pandemic is exposing...

António Guterres

Secretary General of the United Nations

Rebuilding the European Way of Life in the Aftermath: From Achilles’ Heel to Achilles’ Shield

In the past few weeks, Europeans have shown their resilience, ability to act and determination to keep our lives on track whilst mounting a...

Margaritis Schinas

Vice President of The European Commission for Promoting Our European Way of Life

FirstNet: Unique U.S. Public-Private Partnership Takes on COVID-19

AT&T is proud to operate FirstNet, the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform exclusively for America’s first responders and extended public safety community. From...

Jeff McElfresh

CEO, AT&T Communications

A Local Contribution to the Global Pandemic: Bahrain’s COVID-19 Response

The rapid contagion of COVID-19 caught much of the international community off-guard. With each passing day we in Bahrain watched with frozen anticipation as...

Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa

Chairman, Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT)

Rebuilding Society

Rural Sustainable Development After Covid-19; An Opinion, Not a Myth After coronavirus, nothing less than a revolution in rural sustainable development can prevent another crisis. Like...

Shanu SP Hinduja

Chair of Hinduja Bank, Co-Chair of the United Nations Global Accelerator and Professor of Leadership at the University of Bolton’s Institute of Management

Behind Closed Doors Domestic Violence Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Streets are empty. Shops are shuttered. Offices are abandoned. Across Europe a number of weeks ago, buildings of work and leisure emptied of people...

Frances Fitzgerald

Irish member of the European Parliament with the EPP Group – EPP Group Coordinator of the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

Leadership Reconceptualized: A Compass for the Leaders of the New Global Era

The New Era Deconstructing the New Era, is a formidable task. As I am writing these lines, the world has nearly stopped, with more than...

Vassili Apostolopoulos

CEO of the Athens Medical Group (AMG) - President of the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE)

The Quest for the Single Antibody to End the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Beginning Although it may now feel like an entirely distant past, just three short months ago on January 22, Netflix released Pandemic: How to...

Jake Glanville and Aishani Aatresh

Jake Glanville Distributed Bio, CEO & Founding Partner & Aishani Aatresh Computational Immunoengineering Affiliate at Distributed Bio

Nurses – the Heroes at the Frontline of Healthcare

When health crisis occurs, the nursing profession is always at the frontline working for citizens and patients. This has been part of the European...

Paul de Raeve

Secretary General of the European Federation of Nurses Associations

5G: A Backbone for Europe’s Economic Recovery

One of the biggest strengths of the GSMA is our ability to convene 110,000 people from 90 countries for the annual Mobile World Conference...

Afke Schaart

Vice President and Head of Europe, Russia and CIS countries of the GSMA - Former Member of the Parliament of the Netherlands

Political Economy of a Pandemic

The EU in Crisis? A Pragmatist’s Take

The European Union has always been both a topic and the subject of polarisation. On the one hand is the supposedly idealistic pro-EU camp,...

Antonio López-Istúriz White

Secretary General of the European People’s Party – Spanish member of the European Parliament with the EPP Group

Technology Now! Lessons learned from COVID19 and What’s Next

2020 is a survival-mode year. Our reality has more similarities to the movie Contagion, than an-yone would have ever imagined. Still, being in the...

Eva Kaili

Greek member of the European Parliament with the S&D Group - Chair for Science and Technology, STOA - Chair EU40 - Member of OECD Blockchain Advisory Board, WEF EU Digital Leaders & Digital Currency Gov Consortium, IEEE Center of Extended Intelligence Advisory Board

Looking for the White Knight

A crisis can be a great eye-opener showing how much of what we believe is true. In recent memory, the EU has seen four...

Daniel Kaddik

Executive Director of the European Liberal Forum

China’s Hostage Diplomacy

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, policy makers wonder what sort of world we shall inherit once it’s over. There is no doubt we should...

Anna Fotyga

Polish member of the European Parliament with the ECR Group

Quarantine and/or Geopolitical Checkmate?

The COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over and the magnitude of the economic crisis resulting from the confinement measures that States had to adopt...

Lídia Pereira

Portuguese member of the European Parliament with the EPP Group – President of the Youth of the European People’s Party

The China Hunt

The ongoing debate on the coronavirus crisis is bound to include an investigation into the causes of the pandemic and all factors that played...

Witold Jan Waszczykowski

Polish member of the European Parliament with the ECR Group

The West Must Stand Confident and United Against the Chinese Threat

With great power comes great responsibility. No government on Earth have established a stronger and more totalitarian control over its society than the Chinese...

Mattias Karlsson

Member of the Swedish Parliament - Former Leader of the Sweden Democrats

The Black Swan of 2020

According to the United Nations, Covid-19 has cost the global economy $50 billion in just exports in February alone. A recent Bloomberg estimate sees...

Erol User

President and CEO of User Corporation. Dr User is also a multi-award winning entrepreneur, veteran businessman, philanthropist, business/financial coach and educator

Reimagining History’s Path

In Laurent Binet’s latest alternate history novel, Civilizations, pandemics are used as a device that propel the narrative forward. It is antibodies that allow...

Dimitris Valatsas

Chief Economist at Greenmantle

The Other Half

Writing this on my laptop in the comfort of my living room, my challenges in this bizarre age of lockdown have nothing to do...

Sabina Ciofu

Head of EU and Trade Policy at techUK

The Great Lockdown: A Glimpse of a More Sustainable Future?

We all feel (or have felt) frustration at the interruption of our regular work routine, our chosen leisure pursuits, our social round, our holiday...

Peter R. Styles

Managing Director, Stratos European Policy Limited - Principal Consultant, Stratos Energy Consulting - Executive Vice Chair, European Federation of Energy Traders

What are the Geo-Economic Impacts of the Coronavirus Crisis?

Most people have heard of the Black Death, a pandemic that killed a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century, and entire treatises...

Omar Al-Ubaydli

PhD, Researcher at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat), Non-Resident Fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington

Fixing the Eurozone for the Next 50 Years

Covid-19 has exposed the rational dysfunction at the heart of European decision making. It is perfectly rational for Finance Ministers such as Hoekstra (EPP...

Juha- Pekka Nurvala

Former Senior Political Advisor for Economic and Social Policy, European People’s Party - Political Economist, London School of Economics

Going Viral: COVID-19’s Harsh Lessons

When the history of COVID-19 is written, its authors will not only judge the process of contagion, mortality rates and economic paralyses; they will...

Mitchell Belfer

President of the Euro-Gulf Information Centre (Rome, Italy), Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Terrorism and Security at the Metropolitan University Prague (Czech Republic) and Editor in Chief of the Central European Journal of International and Security Studies.

A Green Recovery

Government policy faces various challenges. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the European Union set ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions. Now in the midst of...

Dirk Schoenmaker

Non-Resident Fellow at Bruegel- Professor of Banking and Finance at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam- Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Research (CEPR).

Impact of a Global Problem

We Need a Global Solution, a Global Response to Ensure a Better Handling of Future Breakouts

Since the turn of the century, humankind went through three seismic events: the attack on the Twin Towers in New York on September 11,...

Adrian Delia

Leader of the Opposition in Malta & Leader of the Nationalist Party

Uzbekistan’s Emergence onto the World Stage

The past three years, a monumental shift has been rapidly happening in Uzbekistan. A shift that has today touched upon every single aspect of...

Sardor Umurzakov

Deputy Prime-Minister, Minister of Investments & Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan and is also the Co-Chair of the Supervisory Board of Europe-Uzbekistan Association for Economic Cooperation (EUROUZ)

What We Can Learn from Viruses and Our Efforts to Defeat Them

COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to wreak havoc on a massive scale. The 2003 SARS pandemic shocked the world, and other international outbreaks,...

Michel Zaffran & Judith Diment

Michel Zaffran: Director of Polio Eradication at World Health Organization Judith Diment: Coordinator of National Advocacy Advisors at Rotary International

Lessons from Australia

Europe and the US need the Australian experience of the Chinese threat. Europe, the United States and Australia have shared a common enemy for decades...

Hermann Tertsch

Spanish Member of the European Parliament with the ECR Group

Poland has Shown True European Solidarity

The current global health crisis, brought about by the spread of coronavirus has taken a heavy toll on Europe, especially on my own home...

Carlo Fidanza

Italian member of the European Parliament with the ECR Group

How the Nigerian Diaspora is Helping in the Fight Against Coronavirus

The scale of the coronavirus outbreak is unlike anything that any global citizen has witnessed before, and it has warranted a response of equal...

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Senior Special Assistant to President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs

Germany and the Future of the Union

In 1919 John Maynard Keynes wrote a book entitled: ‘The economic consequences of peace’ with which he contended with the governments of the United...

Gianni Pittella

Member of the Italian Senate, Former Vice President of the European Parliament & former Leader of the S&D Group in the European Parliament

Stringent Social Distancing Measures are Working out

How the severely hit province of Tyrol made it to decrease infection rate to 0 On the 27th of February the World Health Organisation...

Sophia Kircher

Member of the regional Parliament of Tyrol with the Austrian People’s Party

Turkey and Covid-19: Stepping into Supply Chains

Businesses all have contingency plans and procedures in place to manage crises of various sorts when they arise. But in truth, no amount of...

Nail Olpak

President of DEiK, Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey

Critical Infrastructure & The Future of Business

Digital Greece: Turning Crisis into Opportunity

In his 1959 speech, John F. Kennedy famously said: “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters - one represents...

Grigoris Zarifopoulos

Greek Deputy Minister for Digital Governance, responsible for Digital Strategy and for attracting investment in Digital Technology

Full-service Healthcare Distributors have Proven their Resilience Throughout the COVID-19 Crisis Ensuring Continuous Service for European Patients

Over the past number of weeks during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, full-service healthcare distributors have proven time and time again their efficiency in ensuring...

Monica Derecque Pois

Director General of the European Healthcare Distribution Association

What is the Role of Businesses in Europe’s Fight Against COVID-19, and in its Recovery?

As a brewer with a European heritage that dates back 600 years to the Den Hoorn Stella Artois brewery in Leuven, Belgium, our role...

Cybelle Buyck

European Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs, AB InBev

A New Narrative in Tourism is an Urgent Necessity

Interdependence is the main feature of our economy and especially when it comes to a small country like Greece, with a weak economy, which...

Angela Gerekou

President of the Greek National Tourism Organisation

Hauling US Banking Infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic is confronting us at every level of the global economy. We have never seen the economy shutdown at this scale and...

Archie Ravishankar

Founder and CEO of Cogni

Take Africa into Consideration

After an intense day, one of the many of my business activities that complete more than 50 years, yet at the same time, different...

Nikos Papazoglou

CEO, Pharmex SA

Green Recovery, Energy Transition and Gender Equality: A Triple Target for Europe

Amid the coronavirus induced crisis, Europe is striving to keep the momentum around the ambitious new green growth strategy set out in the European...

Daria Nochevnik

Co-Founder Women in Energy, Climate and Sustainability Foundation

International Education and a Pandemic Crisis

While the international press, politicians, national leaders and a wide range of commentators and soothsayers address the issues of the global pandemic, an “industry”...

Patrick van Rooyen

Executive Chairman, GoGlobal Education

Envelopes Resist Crises

Mail is a thing of the past, some would say. In today’s digitalized world of instant communication, letters may seem superfluous. Think again. Almost...

Matti Rantanen

Managing Director of the European Federation of Envelope Manufacturers

Public Services and Services of General Interest on the Frontline Against COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak, and the response to safeguard public health by limiting social life, has been one of the most violent shocks in recent...

Valeria Ronzitti

Secretary General of the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services

Final Word

Turning Uncertainty into Opportunity

Welcome to Our new World. Embrace it. If our Instagram and Twitter bios are a measure of how we self-identify, I’m probably an eternal optimist,...

Jerry Zagoritis

Founder & CEO of Campaign Lab and the Publishing Partner of “Our World: Struck by the Pandemic”