Life Under Shock: Understanding the Pandemic

Recognising that a pathogen will not bring forth a fairer, more sustainable future but people, ideas and politics can, this edition asks how the health crisis will influence our world in the years to come.

As both an accelerator of existing trends and a moment of rupture, the health crisis and its tragic consequences have radically changed every aspect of social life. The implications of Covid-19 go deep, worsening social inequalities, speeding up disruptive technological change, and exposing a broken relationship with the natural world. From the experience of urban areas to new solidarities such as the notion of essential workers, this edition traces its causes and effects, as well as our response. Spanning loneliness among the elderly, the future of public health, and biodiversity loss, it tracks how the pandemic shines a light on fundamental challenges for the 21st century. While some wish to return to business as usual, putting health over the economy has forced the politics of life and living together out into the open. The task for Greens and progressives is keeping them at the centre of our politics.

Articles in this edition

29.11.2020
2020 Year Zero

The health crisis has been a clear moment of rupture but change will depend on the choices, movements, and ideas that define our response.

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30.11.2020
Looking to the Future: Public Health and a Green Recovery

We spoke to Petra De Sutter, Belgian deputy prime minister and minister for the civil service and public enterprises, about the future of health systems and European cooperation.

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30.11.2020
Three Responses to the Crisis

While the pandemic has exposed different systems of governance, it offers compelling reasons to revive the welfare state.

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30.11.2020
Roots in Nature: The Pathogen and the Politics of Biodiversity

Pandemics and the resurgence of diseases are driven by the mismanagement of nature and wildlife. Yet, biodiversity has not fully broken through onto the political agenda.

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30.11.2020
The Cost of Care: Rethinking Value in Times of Crisis

The burden of essential work has fallen heavily on the shoulders of women during the pandemic, even as the economy continues to undervalue them.

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30.11.2020
Beyond the Bubble: Ageing, Solidarity and Covid-19

The health crisis is a chance for a new generational compromise built around connection, participation, and solidarity.

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30.11.2020
Laying the Foundations: Disease and the Emergence of Public Health

Claas Kirchhelle traces the history of disease, public health, and international cooperation from cholera to Covid-19.

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30.11.2020
Working on Overdrive: The Future of Platforms and Working Time

We spoke to Juliet Schor about the gig economy, accelerating digitalisation, and the need for a new economy.

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30.11.2020
The Mask Slips: Rights Under Attack in Poland

From attacking social partners to women’s rights, Covid-19 has been a catalyst for Law and Justice’s autocratic tendencies.

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30.11.2020
Black Lives Matter in Brexit Britain

Riding on a wave of nostalgia and amnesia, Britain set on a course to leave the EU. Disparities of the pandemic and the anti-racist movement brought home how the imperial past haunts today.

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30.11.2020
Connect the City: Rights, Justice and the Digital Divide

The answer to Barcelona's digital divide is a politics that puts people and rights at the centre of the digital transition.

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30.11.2020
Hope for a Divided France

The electoral success of Greens in late June has paved the way for a shift in French politics.

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30.11.2020
The Swedish Route

As many countries in Europe went into lockdown, Sweden opted for little restrictions on public life. Anders Schröder weighs in on the merits and cost of this lonely route.

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30.11.2020
Green Resilience in Germany

The positive track record of the German Greens in navigating the pandemic and the strong public support could give them an edge in upcoming elections.

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30.11.2020
Signs of Hope in Croatia

Promising results for Green and like-minded forces in Croatia and Montenegro are cause for cautious optimism despite an uphill battle against corruption and discontent elsewhere in the region.

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30.11.2020
How Orbán Exploited a Pandemic

The Hungarian government has attempted to exploit the pandemic for its own ends - at great cost to the population.

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30.11.2020
A Crisis Government for Ireland

Being the junior partner in a coalition is always a difficult balancing act - especially in a health crisis.

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30.11.2020
Cities as Empty Shells: Urban Tourism in a Post-Pandemic World

The pandemic leaves tourist destinations caught between the opportunity to shift towards a more sustainable model and the immediate pressure of economic need.

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30.11.2020
Essential Voices: Migrant Workers on Living Through the Pandemic

Migrant workers in Greece, Iran, and South Africa on their experiences of Covid-19, their fears and their hopes for the future.

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30.11.2020
Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid in Europe

The coronavirus crisis saw networks of solidarity spring up across Europe and the world. The Green European Journal spoke to organisers about their activities.

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30.11.2020
Europe’s New Reality: Covid Economics, Debt and the Future of Trade

The Bruegel director speaks about Europe’s economic prospects, the recovery fund, and Europe’s ecological and digital transformation.

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30.11.2020
Borders, Bodies and See-All Technologies: Pushing the Limits of Bio-Surveillance

In recent years, surveillance technologies have increasingly been deployed to monitor, control, and curtail the movement of people. The pandemic is accelerating this trend.

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30.11.2020
Liveable Spaces for All: Covid-19 in the City

The pandemic has reconfigured the way we use and think about urban space. Will it be sufficient for a fairer, healthier city to emerge?

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30.11.2020
Taking Power in a Crisis: France’s Green Cities

Following France's 2020 municipal elections, the newly elected Green leaders of Greater Lyon and Poitiers discuss governing in a crisis and ecology’s place in the political landscape.

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30.11.2020
The Foundational Economy for a Good Life

The foundational economy – education, health and social care, utilities, and retail – is crucial to ensure a sustainable future for our societies.

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30.11.2020
Storytelling in the Eye of the Storm: The Pandemic Through the Lens of Environmental Breakdown

A conversation with the acclaimed novelist on the parallels between the climate crisis and the pandemic, and imagining alternatives for our interconnected world.

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