Whilst Donald Trump will take office on 20th January the Foundation has published an analysis of his vision of international politics, which can be divided into three poles. He is against free-trade in its present form, he is convinced that the USA has concluded "bad agreements" with their allies and he believes that he can achieve "better agreements" via bilateral negotiations with authoritarian leaders such as the Russian President rather than via cooperation with democratic allies or multilateral organisations such as NATO and the European Union. These positions constitute a threat. This is why it is vital for the European Union and its Member States to respond firmly to avoid the worst scenario.
The Foundation ordered an exclusive survey from IFOP in November in five EU Member States (Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Poland) regarding how citizens perceived the effects and impact of the UK's exit from the EU.
In the new international context the Foundation's Chairman recall in an editorial on his site the need for Europe to be autonomously strategic.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to organise a referendum in 2017 on the issue of the UK's place in the EU: "Do you think that the UK should remain in the European Union or leave the European Union?" The question of the UK's status within the European Union is one of the issues at stake in the latter's development. The Robert Schuman Foundation offers its readers an information file on the main questions set by the referendum as well as the options open to the UK if it leaves 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.
For a better understanding of the challenges facing Europeans today: the refugee question, immigration, euro area reform, investment, growth, employment, taxation, the danger of a "Brexit", populism, energy transition, but also the new strategic context in the southern Mediterranean and in the East of the continent and terrorism. Never has Europe faced so many questions. The most eminent personalities and the best experts have chosen to contribute to the "Schuman Report 2016 on the State of the Union" now on sale in bookshops and on the Foundation's site in paper and digital form.