The virus has set the scene for the rise of nationalism. As countries act in ways totally at odds with one another, and sacrifice cooperation for protecting their own, policy priorities have come sharply into view. This reversion reveals the differences between our nations, rather than create an opportunity for international cooperation.
As Politics Professor Jan Zielonka says, "The coronavirus outbreak seems to be reversing the course of history. Gone is globalisation and European integration. Back is the heroic struggle of states for national survival."