The Robert Schuman Foundation is launching the BrexLab, an analysis laboratory that will focus on the negotiations in view of the UK's exit of the European Union. As soon as the British express their wish, in line with article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, long discussions will begin between the two sides. Complicated and technical, but important and even vital for many economic sectors, the latter will come under the scrutiny of public opinion and these negotiations will sometimes be difficult to interpret. The BrexLab will bring together a panel of leading experts on European issues who will endeavour to analyse the course of the discussions and developments so as to provide those involved with a vital interpretation of events. The results of its work will be addressed confidentially to entities and institutions who would like to receive them. A brief analysis will be published regularly for a wider audience. The BrexLab is an initiative put forward by the Robert Schuman Foundation and two committees at the French Senate: the Committee for European Affairs and the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and the Armed Forces.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has engaged on March 29 the triggering of article 50 TEU starting the process taking the UK out of the EU, six months after a referendum on June 23 2016. The Robert Schuman Foundation offers its readers an information file on the main questions set by this new page of the relations between the UK and the EU.
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On 23rd April next the French are being called to vote in the first round of the presidential election. The two candidates who come out ahead will face each other in a second round of voting on 7th May. According to a poll undertaken by IFOP between 21st and 24th March last Emmanuel Macron is due to come out ahead in the first round with 26% of the vote ahead of Marine Le Pen who is due to win 25%. One third of those interviewed (35%) say they will not go to vote.
The Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria (GERB, the party of outgoing Prime Minister (2009-2013 and 2014-2016) Boyko Borissov, came out ahead in the snap election that took place in Bulgaria on 26th March. The GERB won 32.65% of the vote. The Socialist Party (BSP), the main opposition party led by Kornelia Ninova, came second with 27.2% of the vote.
Brexit is the source of a great deal of uncertainty as far as the exit agreement is concerned. The British government has announced that it will trigger the procedure provided for by article 50 TEU on 29th March, but the commercial aspect of the negotiations is still subject to several strategic factors. At the same time Theresa May's visit to the Trump administration at the end of January confirmed London's wish to position itself in a dynamic that is moving towards closer cooperation with the USA via a free-trade agreement that it would like to see implemented in the spring 2019, the planned date of the UK's exit from the European Union. At the same time the Trump government's attacks against the solidity of European economic fundamentals, particularly Germany and the single currency, raise a number of questions regarding the future development of trade relations between Europe and the USA. What are the issues at stake and the challenges in this new state of affairs and strategic reshuffle? What answers can Europe give to this?
Europe is the continent in which women's status is the best in the world. This is where women's place in society is the most developed, even though everything is not yet perfect. From this point of view Europe has a lead over many other places. In terms of promoting women and gender equality the European continent is an example for many other countries, and everywhere in the world women look to Europe as a model to follow. This is one way to counter the sceptical languor that now seems to be affecting European integration!
With its 28 Member States and its 510 million inhabitants the European Union is the leading economic power in the world. And yet when people speak of it, they only mention the problems experienced in its construction and it remains largely misunderstood. This edition of the Atlas of the European Union is a work of reference that presents the Union, its institutions, each of its Member States and their overseas territories via their history, their culture and their reality. With over 50 maps, original information sheets and synthetic statistics, it offers a unique view of Europe and is accessible to all.
The repeated drownings in the Mediterranean have led to an emergency situation regarding the European migratory question. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), more than 1,750 migrants perished in the Mediterranean between January and April 2015, ie more than 30 times the figure in the same period in 2014. Given these repeated catastrophes an extraordinary European Council was organised on 23rd April and ten new measures were put forward on 20th April by the European Commission including stepping up surveillance operations and rescue at sea. The Robert Schuman Foundation is offering its readers an information file on the theme of immigration, that brings together its publications on this issue in order to review the development of these events in Europe.