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Schuman Report on Europe, State of the Union 2014 , available today

Schuman Report on Europe, State of the Union 2014 , available today

09/04/2014 - Is 2014 a turning point for Europe ? The European elections and the renewal of the all of the Union's political institutions offer an exceptional opportunity to analyse how the European Union is developing. These questions are the focus of the Schuman Report 2014, a yearly work of reference on Europe. This 8th edition includes an exclusive analysis by the French Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who gives his view of European defence issues. This book, edited by Thierry Chopin and Michel Foucher, is published by Lignes de Repères. It is available in libraries and on the Foundation website in printed paper format and digital version (eReaders and tablets) in the next few days. On 8th April the 2014 version of "The Schuman Report on the State of the Union" was presented to the European Parliament in Brussels with Joseph Daul, President of the EPP, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, Hans-Gert Pöttering, former President of the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, Vice-President of the EPP group, Jean-Paul Gauzès and many MEPs in attendance.

European Elections 2014: towards "a" European far right?

15/04/2014 The perspective of a rise of the far right parties in the upcoming European elections in May 2014 is feeding debate in the media and is leading to fears of them being able to impeded decisions in Parliament and a result affect the functioning of the European Union. The aim of this paper is to look into the credibility of this scenario. To do this the study analyses the ideological coherence of this political "family" and the influence it sways over European public opinion in order to provide a better assessment of the possible electoral rise of these parties in the European Parliament and the creation of a parliamentary group which would enable them to weigh more in the debates and defend their ideas better.

The outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaite well positioned to be re-elected in Lithuania

15/04/2014 2.6 million Lithuanians are being called to ballot for the first round of the presidential election on 11th May next. On 3rd March, outgoing head of State, Dalia Grybauskaite announced that she would be running for office again. She is the main favourite in the election. She won in the first round of the presidential election on 17th May 2009 and she became the first woman to occupy this post. She was designated the "best elected president" in the country's history. She may win a second mandate in the first round this time also. If none of the candidates is appointed in the first round, a second one will take place on the same day as the European elections, i.e. 25th May.

Outgoing head of State Gjorgji Ivanov wins 51.63% of the vote in the first round of Presidential election but a second round will be necessary

15/04/2014 Outgoing head of State Gjorgji Ivanov (Revolutionary Organisation - Democratic Party for National Unity, VMRO-DPMNE) easily came out ahead in the first round of the presidential election on 13th April in Macedonia (FYROM). He won 51.63% of the vote ahead of his main rival Stevo Pendarovski (Social Democratic Union, SDSM) who won 37.55% of the vote. Iljaz Halimi (Albanian Democratic Party, PDA-PDSh) came third with 4.49% of the vote; Zoran Pospovski (Citizens' Option for Macedonia, GROM) won 3.61% of the vote.

Robert Schuman Foundation wins trophy for being the top "European Affairs" think-tank

18/03/2014 In the third year of the award to think-tanks, which took place on 17th March 2014 at the hemicycle of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council and under the high patronage of the Chairman of the ESEC, Jean-Paul Delevoye, the Robert Schuman Foundation won the trophy for being the top European Affairs think-tank."

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