The Single Market is one of the vectors of European integration. Whilst the big companies are taking advantage of this, the small-medium companies (SME's) and the microenterprises only rarely succeed in taking their economic activities to European level. French MP Valérie Gomez-Bassac, author of a report on this issue, puts forward 25 measures to harmonise the EU's business legislation.
The 10th edition analyses the challenges Europe faces. With the contribution of the best experts, original maps and commented statistics, the Schuman Report 2019 on the State of the Union offers a complete view of the European Union.
Outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez lost his wager: although the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) once again came out ahead in the parliamentary elections on 10th November in Spain with 28% of the vote, it has lost ground however in comparison with the previous election on 28th April. The Socialists won 120 seats, (-3). Moreover, their potential left-wing allies, (Unidas Podemos, led by Pablo Iglesias, United Left (IU) and Equo), have emerged weakened from the election, winning 12.84% of the vote and 35 seats (- 7).
Outgoing head of State, Klaus Iohannis, who was standing as an independent candidate but supported by the National Liberal Party (PNL), came out ahead in the first round of the presidential election on 10th November in Romania. He won 37.79% of the vote, a high result, but below the forecasts anticipated in the polls.
30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Jean-Dominique Giuliani writes in his editorial that the defence of Europe is advancing and "despite some real disappointments, the new international context seems to have awakened the Europeans".
30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Central and Eastern Europe reveal a contradiction in terms: their populations are mainly supportive of Europe electing democratically representatives who attack the dismantling of democratic institutions and European values. Two factors explain the present situation: incomplete economic catch up and an exodus towards the West.
The Robert Schuman Foundation has published a new edition of its Permanent Atlas of the European Union. The second edition of this unique book, written 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 historical milestones and political and statistical realities of the Union and offers more than 50 physical and geopolitical maps of Europe.
The outgoing President and candidate of the National Liberal Party (centre-right) Klaus Iohannis is the main favourite in the Romanian presidential election, whose first round will be taking place on 10th November. His main competitor Viorica Dancila, former Prime Minister (PSD), has been weakened since the government she was leading was overthrown by a motion of no confidence on 10th October. If none of the candidates wins more than half of the votes cast, a second round will be organised on 24th November.
Six months after having won the parliamentary elections but having failed to form a majority coalition, outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (PSOE), has asked his fellow countrymen to grant a clear majority in the upcoming elections on 10th November. The election will be taking place in a tense context, with many violent demonstrations in Catalonia after the conviction of the secessionist leaders. But abstention rates are due to be high since voters are becoming increasingly difficult to motivate as the elections succeed one another and prove unable to provide Spain with a government.
"A Blueprint for tomorrow's Europe" is the first paper in the Open Horizons series. It offers new ideas in support of European integration addressing issues such as the importance of European sovereignty, the language we use to speak of Europe, it proximity with its citizens and the idea of the European people. The authors convincingly illustrate the priorities that must be made to redesign the Europe of tomorrow.
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.