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COVID 19, a challenge for the EU

The COVID 19 pandemic poses a challenge to the European Union in different fields, from economics, to security, to sustainable development. Starting from security, the Italian armed forces need to adjust to a changing operational environment, whereby threat levels are on the rise and the United States is more reluctant to lead military operations than in the past. In the field of economics the goal of increasing the internationalization of the euro, a key dimension of the EU’s ambitions for strategic autonomy, will be highly impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. Finally, concerning development, the SDG have progressively entered the political discourse and agendas of numerous states. However, without without long-term financial investments, building a more just and sustainable future will remain little more than a rhetorical embellishment.