The Foundation publishes an exclusive interview with Jorge DOMECQ, executive director of the European Defence Agency (EDA). He discusses recent developments and dynamics of common security and the challenges of Brexit, cyber security, and maritime surveillance.
The République en Marche (LREM) easily won the general election in France. In the second round of voting on 18th June LREM won 43.06% of the vote and 306 seats, ie the absolute majority (289 seats). Its partner, MoDem won 6.06% of the vote and 42 seats. The Republicans (LR) won 22.23% of the vote and 113 seats (-81). Their allies of the Democrat and Independent Union (UDI) won 3.04% of the vote and 17 seats. The Front National (FN) won 8.75% of the vote and 8 seats (+6). France Unbowed (LFI) won 4.86% of the vote and 17 seats. The Communist Party (PCF) won 1.20% of the vote and 10 seats. The Socialist Party (PS) with 5.68% of the vote and 29 seats (-251) suffered the worst defeat in its entire history. Turnout was also the lowest ever recorded: 42.64% of the electorate went to ballot
Jean-Dominique Giuliani published an editorial in which he reflects on the decline of Anglo-Saxon leadership in international affairs
When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan entered the meeting room of the European Council in Brussels in the evening of 17th December 2004 he came to fulfil the dream that Turkey had been nursing since its signature of the Association Agreement on 12th September 1963, the so-called Ankara Agreement: to open membership negotiations with the European Union. Nearly 13 years later relations between the EU and Turkey are what seem to appear an illusory membership. Should we be moving towards a "privileged partnership"?
Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May (Conservative Party) lost her wager. Whilst she convened a snap election (early by 3 years) to assert her legitimacy, to strengthen her personal authority and to extend her majority in order to negotiate the best possible exit for the UK from the EU, the Tory leader lost the absolute majority that her party held in the House of Commons. The Conservatives lost ground in the ballot box: on 8th June they won 42.3% of the vote and took 318 seats, i.e. -13 in comparison with the previous election on 7th may 2015. 8 outgoing government ministers lost their seats.
The Labour Party (MLP) of outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat came out ahead in the snap election that took place on 3rd June in Malta. Taking 55.04% of the vote he beat his main rival, the Nationalist Party led by Simon Busuttil, who won 43.68% of the vote.
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.