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The rule of law in Poland or the false argument of the primacy of European law

The Polish Constitutional Tribunal recently ruled that the Treaty on European Union is incompatible with the Polish Constitution. The government presents this decision as a defence of national sovereignty against the excessive imposition of EU law, whereas it is primarily intended to protect the government from judicial control over its justice reforms and their consequences for judges.
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Tribute to Valéry Giscard d'Estaing - a great European

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was a great president and a great European, to whom the Robert Schuman Foundation was close, and with whom it often had the privilege to work. He honoured us with shared convictions. Europe owes him a lot. A tribute to former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 2 December, the anniversary of his death in 2020.
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Our publications in November

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German federal election 2021

On 26 September, Germans voted to elect their MPs and indirectly choose Angela Merkel's successor after 16 years in the Chancellery. On 24 November, the SPD, the Greens and the FDP made public the coalition contract of the 'Ampel' government, the programme they plan to implement for the next 4 years.
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Health measures and travel conditions across Europe

06/12/2021 To follow the evolution of the situation, the Foundation offers you a complete map of the sanitary measures in place and the travel conditions across Europe. An essential resource that is regularly updated.
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Map of the European Recovery Plans

In order to respond to the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Union has set up a €672.5 billion recovery fund, known as the Recovery and Resilience Facility, to be used by member states in the form of grants and loans. The first plans were adopted in July. The Foundation provides you with an interactive map of the plans country by country, to find out more about the amounts, timetables and priorities.
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Demonstrations in Belarus - Chronology of a revolution in progress

The EU has extended sanctions against Belarus with sectoral measures, in particular on trade and financial services. EU leaders called once again for an end to repression, the release of political prisoners and the organisation of free elections. To follow the crisis since the rigged presidential election of August 2020, the Foundation offers you a chronology of events and links to European responses and initiatives.
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Permanent Atlas of the European Union

30/04/2021 The Robert Schuman Foundation has published a new edition of its Permanent Atlas of the European Union. The third edition of this unique book provides a comprehensive and easily accessible overview of the Union, the euro area and each of the 27 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.
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The impact of the health crisis on the functioning of Parliaments in Europe

18/12/2020 Confronted by the first wave of epidemics that swept across Europe in March 2020, parliaments were forced to respond quickly. The relation with time that parliaments have developed in this regard is complex and largely conditioned by the urgency of the situation. This study aims to report on the impact of the pandemic on the leading democratic institution in our countries - the Parliament. The Robert Schuman Foundation, in partnership with this university network, has published a series of contributions on the developments in the functioning of the parliaments of twelve states European countries during this particular year as well as the European Parliament.
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The Big Shift

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.
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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.