How is Europe’s international cooperation evolving, and why should the new EU leadership pay attention to it? With the approaching EU elections in June, we will explore these questions from various perspectives. In the first commentary of our series ‘To the new leaders of Europe’, Mariella Di Ciommo and Chloe Teevan argue that Europe should invest in a more strategic relationship with countries in the Global South if it wants to realise its domestic priorities.

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