This year’s pandemic has shaken the world order and forced solutions that go further than previously thought possible in the system of Western democracy. Who among us could have imagined schools closed for many months or cancelled elections? The future shape of the world will be decided by those who best respond to this crisis. But what is this recipe for the future? Will our democracy, as it gains resistance to the coronavirus, also become resistant to the processes that threaten it, such as extremism or the coming economic crisis? Or, maybe, will democracy suffer even more because “democracy cannot function if people are to stay at home”, as the sociologist Ivan Krastev claims? Is Europe responding effectively to this challenge? Will we return to the old order? Is the crisis a chance for a (radical) change?

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