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Jean-Claude Juncker elected President of the European Commission

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Jean-Claude Juncker elected President of the European Commission

16/07/2014 - Former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker was elected by MEPs as the next President of the European Commission on 15th July 2014, 422 votes in support, 250 against and 47 abstentions. In his speech prior to the vote he spoke of the creation of the post of Fundamental Rights Commissioner, the absence of any further accessions to the EU within the next five years and the introduction of a European minimum wage. Triggering the anger of some British representatives and the parties on the far right, he also re-iterated his support to the single currency which "protects Europe". Jean-Claude Juncker must now form his college of commissioners in consultation with the governments of the Member States during the summer.

Supporting the European Recovery in a Rapidly Changing World

18/07/2014 Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and Wolfgang Schäuble attended the conference organized by the Robert Schuman Foundation in Paris on July 18, 2014 about the future of the euro area.

In Slovenia the new party, Miro Cerar (SMC) wins the general election

16/07/2014 The new party led by Miro Cerar (SMC) founded on 2nd June last easily pulled ahead in the general elections organised on 13th July in Slovenia. This election was the second in three years to be convened early in the wake of the resignation on 5th May last of Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek (Alenka Bratusek Alliance, but Positive Slovenia at the time (PS)). The SMC which was formed by a professor of law at the University of Ljubljana, Miro Cerar, won 34.61% of the vote and took 36 of the 90 seats in the Drzavni Zbor (National Assembly), the lower chamber of parliament.

Europe, Power and the Sea

16/07/2014 Globalisation is leading to ever greater interdependence between populations and zones in the use or transformation of resources. Formerly these zones lay close together and concentrated around populations whose activities in situ covered overall requirements. The rarefication of some resources and the significant growth of consumption, as well as the low cost of maritime transport and major price differences in labour have changed the old autarkic balance. Trade and flows are now factors of wealth .

Composition of the European Parliament

01/07/2014 The political groups had until 24th June 2014 to form officially. After several weeks of suspense about whether a far right group would be formed or not - which ultimately is not the case, there has hardly been any change - there were and still are 7 groups by order of size EPP (221 membres), S&D (191) ECR (70), ALDE (67), GUE/NGL (52), Greens/EFA (50) and EFD (48). The other MEPs will sit amongst the non-attached. The Parliament will hold its first session on 1st July to elect its President, its Vice-Presidents and questeurs. http://elections-europeennes.robert-schuman.eu/resultats/

The real no2 at the European Commission

02/07/2014 In an editorial published on his site on 1st July 2014 Jean-Dominique Giuliani, the Foundation's Chairman looks into the nominations within the next European Commission and the importance of the appointment of the man/woman who will be responsible for external relations, who is at the same time, 1st Vice President of the Commission and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Reforming the European Union: With which methods? What are the options?

08/07/2014 The crisis has highlighted the limits of the economic and political governance of the European Union and more specifically that of the euro zone. Given the limits of the present European treaties and the difficulty in planning their revision in the short term, what methods are there available and what options are possible to strengthen Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)?

What should Brussels change? How can the functioning of the European institutions be improved rapidly?

16/06/2014 How can the way the European institutions function be improved rapidly? This is the question that the Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation, Jean-Dominique Giuliani tries to answer. This paper is based on the belief that European integration is as relevant as ever but that the way it functions has to be revised; therefore it has to be more specific: without changing the treaties, how can the way the common institutions are run be improved, rapidly and in a way that will fulfil most expectations which are multiple and diverse that are now being expressed by the public about "Brussels" - the name which has now become pejorative, easy to wield and unclear? It only requires the personal commitment of the future President of the Commission, of the new Parliament as far as it is concerned and of the Member States in terms of the Council. The European Council on 26th and 27th June 2914 in its quest for renewed impetus might, in line with its vocation, be the trigger and lead to new perspectives.

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

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.

Why and how Europe will remain at the heart of the world

24/06/2014 he Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation, Jean-Dominique Giuliani has published a book entitled "How and Why Europe will remain at the heart of the world - A small Treaty on optimism". Europe is no longer the centre of the world. It is not the leading military force. But to the world Europe is the heart that provides the pace, that feeds minds, culture and which attracts. It is the leading economic and trade power. According to Jean-Dominique Giuliani Europe has all the assets it needs to rise to the challenge. This book published by Lignes de Repères is available from bookshops and on the Robert Schuman Foundation site in paper format and in digital format for e-readers and tablets.

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