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Reshaping Europe in complex Covid-19 times Need for cultural sensitivity in the European reconstruction process





The main aim of the article is to argue for a values-driven and cultural sensitivity approach in responding to the current challenges for a true European integration process, made even more necessary with the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, the paper proposes a number of reflections and policy suggestions on the need of reshaping Europe in the turbulent Covid-19 times. In doing so, a four-section approach is adopted. The first section puts the European future in perspective. It refers to the historical development of the 
integration process from a mainly economic project to a sui generis international organisation and briefly overviews the current challenges and opportunities faced by the European Union. The second section identifies two major fundamental guiding lines for the EU’s future: the strengthening of a values-oriented European future, and development of a true European citizenship. The third section emphasises European solidarity as one of the crucial aspects of a sustainable and values-driven European future. This is especially evident in the necessarily cross-border approach to the Corona pandemic. The final section argues for 
cultural sensitivity in the EU reconstruction process in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. 

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