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Going it alone

EU leaders want more autonomy from other global powers—but it won’t be plain sailing

Globalisation has given the western world access to a cornucopia of products and talents that in centuries past would have remained trapped behind national borders, and has driven down costs for consumers. But it has come with unwanted side effects, one of which has now risen to the fore in the EU: import-dependent supply chains heavily at the mercy of international relations—and pandemics.

In recent years, and more so since Covid-19 re-erected barriers on European borders, EU leaders have stressed the importance of the bloc being able to look after its own in relation to its most important technologies. 

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