(March 29, 2022 / JNS) The last European National Conservatism Conference in Rome narrowly averted cancellation. It took place in February 2020, weeks before Italy imposed the first coronavirus-related lockdown in Europe. Two years later, conservatives across Europe cast off their masks for the Brussels conference at a time when Belgium lifted most COVID-19 restrictions, thus enabling the March 23-24 gathering of some 250 conservative intellectuals, political leaders, activists and students.
But just as the pandemic seemed to subside, a new menace replaced it. On the first day of the conference, traffic jams disrupted the city as U.S. President Joe Biden arrived for the NATO Summit attended by international leaders to figure out how to jointly counter a belligerent, menacing Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose forces invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.
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