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Europe needs Erasmus+ more than ever

The shock to student mobility delivered by coronavirus should herald a transformation, says Jan Palmowski

These are tough times for Erasmus+. Students have returned home early from their semesters abroad. The uncertainty about when we will be able to travel again means there will be few Erasmus+ students going abroad in the next academic year. 

We are a long way from when Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, in her first speech before the European Parliament, backed MEPs’ call to treble the Erasmus+ budget, from €15 billion to €45bn in the next Multiannual Financial Framework. 

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