Editorial: Greece in the post-pandemic world

The common conviction for the last year-and-a-half has been that the evolving international public health crisis has had a critical impact on world affairs.

The pandemic has led to new ways of viewing things which in turn shifts priorities and imposes major changes in the management of the planet, which includes international cooperation, geopolitics, international trade, the globalised society, healthcare, and new technologies.a

A series of international meetings over the last days - the G7, the NATO summit, and US President Joe Biden's meetings with the EU leadership, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (as well as the meeting of Erdogan and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis after many months of tensions and near clashes) confirm the conviction that the post-pandemic world is in flux and that we are at the start of broader consultations concerning a new global balance.

The pandemic coincided with the exceptionally important election of Joe Biden, which also had a catalytic impact on world affairs.

By all appearances the US is abandoning the "protectionist" doctrine of Donald Trump and is seeking to transcend the climate of international anarchy that he left behind.

The US is dynamically returning to the world stage in a bid to regain its leadership role in today's multi-polar world. It is adjusting its positions and seeks to re-organise the Western bloc.

It wants the Europeans as central allies. It wants to counteract Russia and to check a rising and economically competitive China, especially as regards geopolitical influence.

The Americans are most anxious about the multi-pronged economic penetration of China in many regions of the planet, which they believe can enhance the...

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