May 14, 2020
Among the hardest hit in Europe, Spain is cautiously charting a
way out of its strict countrywide lockdown. Manuel Muñiz, Secretary
of State for Global Spain (a senior minister role in the country’s
Foreign Ministry), is a key voice on how exactly Spain sets out on
that path. This week on GMF’s Post-Pandemic Order podcast Muñiz
joins Rachel Tausendfreund to give an inside look at how Spain
handled its need for resources in the thick of its outbreak, and
how it’s building a new resilience strategy.
Muñiz also shares insights on how the pandemic has affected the larger international order. Before the pandemic, he says, we were seeing a breakdown in multilateralism and a weakening of the liberal democratic order. The coronavirus now presents two divergent paths, for Europe and globally: one that leads to an unequal, unsustainable economic recovery that will likely entrench political fracture; or one that prioritizes a digital-centered, inclusive, green recovery and creates more unity.