Tensions in liberal democracies were already high before Covid-19 emerged. Inequality, economic anxiety, populism, political polarisation, protectionism, cultural wars, and geopolitical rivalry were tearing the social fabric apart. The pandemic is likely to strengthen even further these tensions. Indeed, Globalisation is seriously under threat. Martin Sandbu, economics commentator at the Financial Times, has been analysing these trends in depth on a weekly bases over the past years and has come up with a number of proposals to establish a new social contract, which can underpin again the liberal order. His latest book is called The Economics of Belonging. In this public event he discussed some of his ideas with Miguel Otero, senior analyst at Elcano.


Moderator: Charles Powell,Director, Elcano Royal Institute. (@CharlesTPowell)

Thursday, 17th September 2020, from 16:30 to 17:30 h. CEST (UTC+2)