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With war next door, Moldova is accelerating its rapprochement with the EU

On 1 June, Moldova is hosting the second summit of the European Political Community. In a text written for the "Schuman Report on Europe, State of the Union 2023", Moldovan President Maia Sandu explains why joining the European Union would be beneficial for both parties.
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The end of combustion engines: the cart before the horse!

On 28 March, the ban on the sale of new combustion engine vehicles on our continent by 2035 was finally adopted. This is a decision that is more dogmatic than reasoned, which challenges the leadership of the European automotive sector and will make its Chinese competitors happy, argues MEP Nathalie Colin-Oesterlé.
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Outgoing Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' New Democracy sweeps into first place in Greek general elections

The New Democracy party of outgoing Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis came out ahead in the Greek parliamentary elections on 21 May with 40.79% of the vote, ahead of Alexis Tsipras' radical left SYRIZA (20.07%), the Panhellenic Socialist Movement-Movement for Change (PASOK-KINAL, 11.46%) and 41 seats, and the Communist Party (7.23%). With 146 seats out of 300 in parliament, New Democracy does not have a majority, and a new election could be held by early July at the latest.
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Who will succeed Egils Levits as President of the Republic of Latvia?

On 31 May, the 100 members of the Saeima, the single chamber of Parliament, are being called upon to elect Egils Levits' successor as President of the Republic of Latvia. 3 people are running for office: Edgars Rinkevics, Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2011, Uldis Pilens, leader of the United List (AS), and Elina Pinto (Progressives, PRO). For the time being, none of the three candidates has a majority in Parliament (51 votes).
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The Geopolitics of European Wheat

The European Union is the world's second largest wheat exporter, behind Russia but ahead of the United States. But is it aware of its agricultural strengths and does it want to maintain them in the 21st century?
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What should Europeans be debating?

With one year to go before the European elections, it is important to engage in debates that are commensurate with what is at stake for Europe, such as the economy and innovation, or security and defence, writes Jean-Dominique Giuliani.
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The European institutions dealing with crises

In the face of rising geopolitical tensions and increasingly disordered multipolarity, the European Union has understood the imperative need to demonstrate "strategic responsibility" so that it can better defend its security interests.
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Celebrating 9 May

On 9 May, the 73rd anniversary of Robert Schuman's declaration, we can celebrate an exemplary success; above all we must show that we are ready to finalise it, so that Europe remains among the three great powers, writes Jean-Dominique Giuliani.
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The Schuman Report on Europe, the State of the Union 2023

With broad perspective, hindsight and objectivity "The Schuman Report on Europe, the State of the Union 2023", analyses the profound changes that have taken place in Europe, and how they have been accelerated by the shock of the war in Ukraine. This 14th edition includes 30 original maps and a full set of commented statistics. The book is available in English in digital format.
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Our publications in April

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Naval rearmament, European perspectives

The challenge of protecting maritime gateways, combined with those arising from the war in Ukraine and the Union's desire to make plans for the Indo-Pacific, are leading to a strengthening of European naval operational cooperation and an increase in bilateral and multilateral industrial projects.
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Giorgia Meloni's first six months

Giorgia Meloni's first six months as President of the Italian Council have been praised by the international press, but domestic consensus is beginning to crumble. The next few months will show whether the leader of Fratelli d'Italia will be able to solve the problems and challenges which the country faces.
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The European Union's New Life

Europe has changed, Jean-Dominique Giuliani emphasises in the introduction to the "Schuman Report on Europe, the State of the Union 2023", to be published by Marie B. In under five years the European Union has acquired most of the tools it needed to develop an industrial policy, to organise solidarity in times of hardship and a strategy of autonomy in economic and health matters.
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Map of the European Recovery Plans

In response to the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Union has introduced a €672.5 billion recovery fund. On 12 December, the Commission gave a positive assessment of the revised Luxembourg plan. On 16 December, it paid €1.4 billion to Bulgaria and €700 million to Croatia, and the Council adopted Hungary's plan. The Foundation offers you an interactive map of the plans country by country, to know the amounts and the timetable.
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Energy Crisis: European Measures

Member States and the EU have taken action to tackle rising energy prices. On 13 December, the Irish government mobilised €10 million to combat fuel poverty and €248 million for housing modernisation. Austria and Slovenia decided to tax energy companies' excess profits. In Germany, the Bundestag adopted on 15 December a cap on electricity and gas bills for households and industries. The Foundation provides a regularly updated map of these measures.
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  • Poland: new President of the Supreme Court
    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.