Robert Schuman Foundation

Open panel Open panel
partage réseaux sociaux

Fifth general elections in two years in Bulgaria

As the country faces a political crisis preventing the formation of stable government coalitions, Bulgarians are being called to vote on 2 April for the fifth time in two years to elect 240 members of the National Assembly. According to the latest opinion poll, the coalition formed by Let's Continue the Change and Democratic Bulgaria is expected to narrowly beat GERB with 20.9% of the vote. The Movement for Rights and Freedoms, representing the Turkish-speaking minority, is forecast to get 13.3% of the vote, Revival, a nationalist and pro-Russian party, 11.8%, and the Socialist Party (BSP) 6.6%.
partage réseaux sociaux

Will Finland shift to the right in the general elections on 2 April?

According to the latest opinion poll, Petteri Orpo's National Coalition Party (KOK) would come out ahead in the 2 April parliamentary elections, with 20.8% of the vote, ahead of the Social Democratic Party of outgoing Prime Minister Sanna Marin, which is expected to garner 19.9%, and the Finns Party (Perus S), led by Rikka Purra, 19%.
partage réseaux sociaux

A return to grace for nuclear power in European public opinion? Some elements of a rapid paradigm shift

The Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have changed Europeans' perceptions of nuclear energy. Through numerous studies, the authors show the importance of the European level when it comes to energy related issues. Nuclear energy seems to offer a credible alternative again, given the discussion on green taxonomy at European level and the political window of opportunity that places the energy security imperative back at the heart of the debate.
partage réseaux sociaux

Is the banking crisis back?

The recent collapse of several US banks and the difficulties experienced by Credit Suisse have been accelerated by rising interest rates which are increasing risks. Debate is now opening over what action the authorities should take to reduce this threat. And how big the looming crisis will be. However, a change in monetary policy is unlikely because of the high inflationary risk.
partage réseaux sociaux

The Rule of Law: the uncertain gamble on conditionality

With the implementation of its multi-annual budget and post-Covid recovery plans, the European Union has equipped itself with instruments that make disbursements of European funds conditional on reforms in favour of the rule of law. While potentially powerful, these instruments have not yet demonstrated their full effectiveness.
partage réseaux sociaux

Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, the great rejection of Russia

For Georgians, Moldovans and Ukrainians, the European Union embodies freedom, the rule of law, human dignity, respect for borders and a prosperity that has long been confiscated from them. This is why they reject Putin's Russia, which revives memories of a totalitarian past, writes Jean-Dominique Giuliani.
partage réseaux sociaux

Gender parity in Europe: a - still imperfect - model in the world

In a global context where women's rights are increasingly under attack, the European Union has made some progress towards equality with men in 2022. But while Europe is the continent with the best situation for women, there is still a long way to go to achieve parity.
partage réseaux sociaux

Europe, women's continent

Among the five continents Europe holds the lead in terms of gender equality in politics. The Foundation has compiled three summary tables ranking the European Union countries according to the number of women in government and parliament, as well as a map illustrating women's place in Europe and in the world.
partage réseaux sociaux

Success for liberal parties, and populists lose in Estonian parliamentary elections

Outgoing Prime Minister Kaja Kallas' Reform Party (Liberal) won the Estonian parliamentary elections on 5 March with 31.2% of the vote and 37 seats in parliament, ahead of the right-wing populist EKRE party (16.1% and 17 seats), the Centre Party (15.3%, 16 seats) and the Eesti 200 party (Liberal, 13.3%, 14 seats). Kaja Kallas will most likely be re-elected... but with which coalition?
partage réseaux sociaux

Our publications in February

partage réseaux sociaux

Europe as a power: now or never

In light of the war in Ukraine and all the other crises it faces, the European Union must take the risk of becoming autonomous in the areas we consider strategic, according to General Paloméros, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.
partage réseaux sociaux

Europe is awake, united and more valuable than ever before

Faced with the Russian invasion of Ukraine launched a year ago, the Europeans have shown, this time, and in an emergency, true efficiency, unity and a common will that has rarely been seen before, underlines Jean-Dominique Giuliani.
partage réseaux sociaux

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.
partage réseaux sociaux

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.
Support us
Today, Europe needs us !
By supporting the Robert Schuman Foundation you are helping Europe to move forward, find the strength and ideas it requires to overcome the challenges ahead.
This is why we need your support !
Find all our Books and other Publications, in printed and/or printable PDF format, in our store!
Order directly on line, no need to create an account, it's quick, easy and safe!
Subscribe to our Letter
A unique document with 200,000 subscribers in six languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Polish and Ukrainian), for the last 22 years our weekly Letter provides you with a summary of the latest European news, more necessary now than ever before.
I subscribe to the Letter free of charge:
Our information files
Feed of the Foundation Twitter
European news
  • 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.