[The National Interest] What the EU’s Kowtowing to China Means for the World

Jorge González-Gallarza
1 min readMay 7, 2020
Josep Borrell, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (Photo: Olivier Hoslet/AP)

So much for a “geopolitical” European Commission (EC). The EU has long labored under critiques of being toothless and feeble on the world stage, but Ursula von der Leyen’s use of the phrase to mark her new term at the EC’s helm in December seemed to presage a change of tack. It rings hollower than ever after EU diplomats caved in to China’s bullying to lighten the blame for its ongoing mass disinformation around COVID, as initially reported by The New York Times two weeks ago.

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Jorge González-Gallarza

A writer in Paris, Jorge's work has featured in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, The American Conservative, The National Interest and elsewhere.