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
Whilst on 23rd February the international Agricultural Fair is opening, the Foundation has published a study by Bernard Bourget on the new Common Agricultural Policy with questions regarding the reduction of the budget and the application of the subsidiarity principle. Will the choices made for the common agricultural policy for the years 2021-2027 will be part of the continued dismantling of this European policy or will they provide it with in meaning again? In the negotiations that are now approaching the European Parliament will have a crucial role to play.
On 10th January Andrej Danko (National Party SNS), leader of the National Council of the Republic (Narodna rada Slovenskej Republiky), the only house of parliament, announced that the Slovaks would be called to ballot on 16th March next for the first round of the presidential election. If none of the candidates running wins over half of the votes cast on that day (which is highly likely given the high number of people standing in this election), a second round will be organised two weeks later, i.e. on 30th March.
On 15th May 2018, outgoing President of the Republic Andrej Kiska announced that he did not want to stand for a second mandate.
The European Union's trade policy owes its efficacy to its federal structure and to it being a concept shared by 28 Member States. The EU is a major player in world trade and the leading world exporter of services. But the world trade arena has changed due to competition created by the emerging countries and mistrust on the part of public opinion in the developed economies. The collapse of multilateralism is affecting the EU especially, since it is committed to a rules-based idea of international relations. Given the international challenges and to convince the citizens during the upcoming European elections the EU has to redesign its trade policy. A social policy will have to be added to it as well as an industrial policy to help retain its place on the markets.
Off we go on the quest of the Europe that protects. Have the American economic sanctions against Iran had a so-called extraterritorial effect and are they challenging European sovereignty? Yes. Does Europe have to respond to this? Yes. And does it have the means to do this? Probably, and it has just taken the first step in this direction.
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 !
The 9th edition analyses the challenges Europe faces. With the contribution of the best experts, an exclusive interview with Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, original maps and commented statistics, the Schuman Report 2018 on the state of the Union offers a complete view of the European Union.