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European elections

28/01/2019 - From 23rd to 26th May 2019 more than 300 million Europeans are being called to choose their 705 MEPs who will serve them for the next five years. As in the previous elections the Robert Schuman Foundation has developed a web site to provide a better understanding of the election and for its audience to be able to follow the campaign in 27 Member States
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Will Belgium re-elect the Swedish coalition in office?

In Belgium the government has been managing current affairs since the end of 2018. On 8th December last the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) left the coalition in office in protest against the government's signature of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, a text adopted in December in Marrakesh. The following day Prime Minister Charles Michel (Reform Movement, MR) formed a minority government, which resigned on 18th December under the threat of a motion of no-confidence supported by the Socialist Party (PS), the Flemish Socialist Party (SP.A) and Ecolo. On 21st December King Philippe asked Charles Michel to manage current affairs until the next parliamentary elections that will take place on the same day as the European and regional elections, i.e. 26th May next.
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Ingrida Simonyte and Gitanas Nauseda face each other on 26th May next for the second round of the presidential election in Lithuania

Ingrida Simonyte, former Finance Minister (2009-2012), came out ahead in the first round of the Presidential election that took place on 12th May in Lithuania. She won 31.21% of the vote just front of her rival, economist Gitanas Nauseda (independent) won 30.93% of the vote. Ingrida Simonyte was standing as an independent, but she has the support of the main opposition party, the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD).
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Between China and the USA, Europe seeks its future

In view of the profound changes ongoing in the world there is nothing original in stating that we have entered a new period[1]. With the end of the Cold War, a new, more complicated, and more unstable multipolar world has gradually formed in the international arena. Although the confrontation with Russia has not gone away, as seen in the Ukrainian crisis, it is however the clash between the USA and China that has become the central point of tension in international relations, with a different intensity from that of the Cold War, given its nature, which is both economic and military. Washington never saw a serious economic threat in Moscow; with China however, the situation is different because long-term the USA can be legitimately concerned about losing their technological and economic lead. It is clear that this challenge is now an obsession for both countries to the point other threats are being underestimated. This is where that the rivalry between the economic, commercial, military and even cultural interests between Washington and Beijing finds its strongest expression. It is here that one senses that new, world geopolitical balances are slowly falling into place.
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European evidences

Jean-Dominique Giuliani contributed an article to the issue 32 of the journal The European - Security and Defence Union in which he argues that Europe's strengths are its wealth, law, freedoms and culture. Reference: The European - Security and Defence Union, Vol. 32, 1/2019
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European issues at stake in 2019

06/05/2019 2019 will witness the renewal of the Union's main institutions. From 23rd to 26th May the elections will take place whereby Europeans will be invited to elect their 751 representatives to Parliament. Then the new Commission will be appointed, along with the President of the European Council and the European Central Bank. Beyond that this opportunity of this date and renewal has to be seized to draw up and build the Europe of the 21st century.
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Tour of Europe a month before the elections

29/04/2019 The 9th European elections will take place from 23rd to 26th May in a highly tense context. China, Russia and also the USA are increasing their attacks against multilateralism; the populists are gaining ground everywhere in the European Union and the world - and finally, the UK, which opted for Brexit on 23rd June 2016, has constantly delayed the final date of its exit. The British will, in all likelihood, be obliged to take part in the election, if they have not left by 22nd May.
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Our publications in April

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The Socialist Workers' Party led by Pedro Sanchez ahead in Spain is due to stay in office

29/04/2019 The Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), led by outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, won a clear victory in the parliamentary elections on 28th April in Spain - it was a snap election following the rejection of the country's budget by the Congress of Deputies, the lower house of the Spanish parliament (Cortes generales), on 13th February last. The PSOE won 28.68% of the vote and took 123 seats in the Congress of Deputies, i.e. +39 in comparison with the previous elections on 26th June 2016.
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Europe: what the candidates will not tell you

23/04/2019 Jean-Dominique Giuliani publishes his new editorial in which he focuses on the successes of the European Union.
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The 2nd edition of the Permanent Atlas of the European Union is available

07/01/2019 With a view to the forthcoming European elections, the Robert Schuman Foundation is making a new edition of its Permanent Atlas of the European Union available to all. The second edition of this unique book, prepared by experts from the Robert Schuman Foundation, provides a comprehensive and easily accessible overview of the Union, the euro area and each of its 28 Member States. It summarises most of the history and political and statistical realities of the Union and offers more than 50 physical and geopolitical maps of Europe. Now available !
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  • The Council withdraws three entities from the tax haven black list
    On 17th May the Council decided to withdraw Aruba, Barbados and Bermuda from the list of non-cooperative countries and territories in terms of taxation. Barbados has pledged to respond to the Union's concerns regarding the replacement of harmful preferential regimes by a measure with similar effect. Aruba and Bermuda have fulfilled their commitments. The list still includes 12 non-cooperative countries and territories: American Samoa, Belize, Dominican Repulbic, Fidji, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Oman, Samoa, Trinity and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, the American Virgin Islands and Vanuatu.
  • First series of sanctions against those responsible for cyberattacks
    On 17th May for the very first time the Council established a series of sanctions that will enable the Union to impose restrictive, targeted measures that aim to discourage and counter cyberattacks, including those undertaken against third countries and international organisations. This new regime will enable the EU to sanction people or entities that are responsible for cyberattacks or attempted attacks, who provide financial, technical and material support to cyberattacks or who are involved in any way in this type of activity. These restrictive measures include travelling to the Union and the freezing of assets.
  • Report on the EU's measures in support of refugees in Turkey
    On 17th May the Commission published a report on the progress achieved in the implementaiton of EU aid in support of refugees in Turkey. 84 humanitarian aid projects have been implemented, notably in the area of education and healthcare: the building of schools and healthcare centres and a aid programme of the integration of Syrian children into the Turkish education system. All of these measures have been allocated a budget of 6 billion €, 4.2 of which have already been allocated.