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Public development aid must refocus on agriculture and education in Africa

The European Union, the main provider of official development aid together with its Member States, has created a new Instrument for Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation, with a budget of €79.5 billion for the period 2021-207. In Africa, it should focus more on agriculture and training, particularly for young people, which is a prerequisite for future development. It could also support industrialization, strengthen research or support local authorities engaged in international cooperation actions and, finally, include military spending.
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Europe: 2021 a German Year

The regional and federal elections in Germany this year will have an impact on the development of the Union's common policies. Yet Germany is often more "national" than some of its partners and less European than in the past, Jean-Dominique Giuliani points out. Many questions arise, in particular about the link that Angela Merkel's successor will want to maintain with France.
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Migration and asylum: what can Europe do?

25/02/2021 The Foundation organised, together with the Catholic Institute of Paris, a videoconference on the topic of migration and asylum in Europe. Commissioner Margaritis Schinas, Executive Director of Frontex Fabrice Leggeri and Member of the European Parliament Fabienne Keller discussed the topic around a virtual roundtable. Please note that this debate was held in French.
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Health measures and travel conditions across Europe

02/03/2021 European States are trying to strike a balance between health measures and maintaining business activities and family ties, while trying to coordinate their action. The Foundation offers you a summary of the health measures in place and travel conditions across Europe. An indispensable, regularly updated resource designed to help you understand the situation.
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Our publications in February

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The Union's external borders: a European debate revisited

The management of the European Union's external borders is currently the subject of heated debate. The mission of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, is essential to meet the security challenges facing the Union. Arrangements to protect both borders and human rights exist, and should be used to the fullest.
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Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte favourite in the general elections in the Netherlands

From March 15 to 17, the Dutch are being called upon to renew the 150 members of the House of States General after a campaign without meetings because of the pandemic. 37 parties are in the running. According to the latest opinion poll, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) of liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte is due to come out on top with 38 seats. It is due to be followed by the PVV of right-wing populist Geert Wilders (22 seats), the Christian Democrats of the CDA (20), the centrists of D66 (15), and the Social Democrats of the PvdA (12).
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Reindustrialising Europe: lessons from the health crisis

11/02/2021 The Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton spoke at an exclusive videoconference on the reindustrialisation of Europe and economic innovation in the context of the climate and digital transition. This event was organised by the Foundation in partnership with the Institut Catholique de Paris and the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Lille. Please note that this conference was held in French.
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Demonstrations in Belarus - Chronology of a revolution in progress

Since the rigged presidential election of August 9, the Belarusian people have been protesting against the continued rule of President Alexander Lukashenko. While the opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is in exile in Lithuania and arrests of opponents and police violence continue, the European Union is calling for political dialogue and preparing sanctions against the regime. To follow this crisis, the Foundation offers you a chronology of events and links to European reactions and initiatives.
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Conference with Josep Borrell - The European Union, a global player

01/02/2021 The Foundation organised, in partnership with the Catholic Institute of Paris, an exclusive videoconference with High Representative Josep Borrell who addressed the major issues that the European Union is currently facing on the international scene. Please note that this conference was held in French.
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The impact of the health crisis on the functioning of Parliaments in Europe

18/12/2020 Confronted by the first wave of epidemics that swept across Europe in March 2020, parliaments were forced to respond quickly. The relation with time that parliaments have developed in this regard is complex and largely conditioned by the urgency of the situation. This study aims to report on the impact of the pandemic on the leading democratic institution in our countries - the Parliament. The Robert Schuman Foundation, in partnership with this university network, has published a series of contributions on the developments in the functioning of the parliaments of twelve states European countries during this particular year as well as the European Parliament.
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The Big Shift

Contrary to popular discourse, Jean-Dominique Giuliani shows that the European Union has the means to address the new challenges of the 21st century. Europe has succeeded beyond the expectations of its founding fathers. It can still succeed in guaranteeing its place among the three greatest powers in the world by the end of the century.
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    Polish President Andrzej Duda appointed Judge Malgorzata Manowska to head the Supreme Court on 25 May. The appointment has been strongly criticised by legal experts and the opposition because Ms Manowska, a former deputy justice minister, is close to the ruling Law and Justice Party. Poland has already been threatened with sanctions by the European Union for its attempts by the government to take control of the Supreme Court.
  • European Economic Area Council meeting
    On 25 May, the members of the European Economic Area (EEA) Council discussed the functioning of the EEA and the consequences of Covid-19 for the internal market. They reiterated their commitment to continue the energy transition and the fight against pollution, as well as their desire to reduce social disparities and improve working conditions. They also exchanged views with Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on the discussions between the Union and the United Kingdom.
  • Adoption of support measures for the air and rail sectors
    The Council definitively adopted on 25 March the support measures for the air and rail sectors proposed by the Commission on 29 April. These measures allow a temporary suspension of the air transport licensing system in the event of financial difficulties, make air traffic restrictions easier for Member States to implement and enable airports to extend unloading service contracts until 2022. With regard to rail, the Regulation extends the period of implementation of the 4th railway package.