Relations between the European Union and its 28 Member States and 79 States including 48 from Africa, 16 the Caribbean and 15 the Pacific (ACP) will be celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2020. That year will also mark the expiry date of the Cotonou Agreement, signed on 23rd June 2000, the cornerstone of cooperation and dialogue regarding politics, the economy, trade and development aid. Discussions have been launched to identify the content and the shape of future relations. The formal launch of discussions with the ACP States is to take place before August 2018. This paper aims to provide food for thought regarding the future of this unique forum in terms of representation and partnership which covers 700 million citizens.
On the continent the formation of a coalition often precedes that of the government. In this regard electoral systems are significant. This paper analyses the various coalition systems within the European Union's Member States.
Jean-Paul Betbèze, economist and member of the Foundation's Scientific Committee lays out the issues at stake in the upcoming G20 Summit on 7th and 8th July in Hamburg.
In an editorial Jean-Dominique Giuliani expresses his delight with the return of close Franco-German relations notably from the European point of view..
he "Schuman Report on the State of the Union 2017" published by Lignes de Repères in French and English, provides a view for a better understanding of the stakes and challenges faced by Europe. Available in bookshops or on the Foundation's site or in digital version. Order your copy now!
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.
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.
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.