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The Schuman Report on Europe, the State of the Union 2020

The Schuman Report on Europe, the State of the Union 2020

The 11th edition analyses the challenges facing Europe. With contributions from leading personalities and the best experts, original maps and annotated statistics, the Schuman Report 2020 on the State of the Union offers a comprehensive view of the European Union. Available in digital version.
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The Union, in which state is it?

The President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, delivers her first State of the Union address on 16 September. With its recovery plan and the action of the ECB, Europe has reacted better to the crisis than other powers. It must now think of itself as a "geopolitical power" in order to face the challenges and speak directly to its citizens, to assert its singularity and defend its model, said Jean-Dominique Giuliani.
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The Importance of the Moral Dimension in the European Project

The Covid-19 crisis has left the feeling that Europeans lack solidarity and trust in each other, especially in budgetary matters. Yet the Union's integration model has benefited all its members. In order to strengthen confidence, it is necessary to reinforce the communication effort and the Union's cultural and moral dimension.
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Demonstrations in Belarus - Chronology of a revolution in progress

Since the rigged presidential election of August 9, the Belarusian people have been protesting against the continued rule of President Alexander Lukashenko. While the opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is in exile in Lithuania and arrests of opponents and police violence continue, the European Union is calling for political dialogue and preparing sanctions against the regime. To follow this crisis, the Foundation offers you a chronology of events and links to European reactions and initiatives.
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Europe, the Law and Trust

As more and more governments around the world break international rules, including the British government which is considering breaking the agreement reached with the EU last year, the European continent must not forget that only the law guarantees freedoms and protects it from excesses, Jean-Dominique Giuliani underlines.
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In the time of COVID-19, China's mask has fallen with regard to Europe

2020 was forecast to be a busy Chinese-European year on the diplomatic front, with numerous meetings designed to bring crucial issues such as the investment agreement to a successful conclusion. The coronavirus crisis and China's attitude, between mask diplomacy and the strategy of the "wolf warriors", crystallised the turning point taken by the Union, towards a more balanced relationship, more respectful of European interests.
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Europe: for an even more comprehensive recovery

Since the start of the health crisis, some Member States have suspended free movement and have withdrawn behind their national borders, flouting EU rules. Now that the ambitious European recovery plan is being put in place, it is time to consider making its benefits conditional on another step forward, since the harmonisation of health decisions has an impact on free movement. Those who keep their borders closed to their European partners should be excluded from the benefits of the recovery plan, says Jean-Dominique Giuliani.
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Sanitary measures and travel conditions across Europe

As we return from the summer holidays, the 27 member states of the European Union are trying to determine the conditions for resuming activities without triggering a resurgence of the epidemic. The Robert Schuman Foundation publishes an overview of the sanitary measures and travel conditions across Europe. An essential resource for understanding the sequence that is beginning. The table will be regularly updated.
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Mediterranean Sea: a paradigm of contemporary conflicts

An area of trade and conflict since antiquity, the Mediterranean Sea remains a major crossroads for the interaction of the main strategic competitors. The multiplication of actors, and the inevitable duplicity that goes with it, generate the ambiguity of stated or real intentions. But Europe is best placed to understand this uncertain space and take a more active part.
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Managing Covid-19, a journey through Europe

The member states of the European Union have emerged from the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic and are resuming their social and economic activities. How did they manage the health crisis and what are its socio-political consequences? What are the responses to the economic shock ? What about the dynamics between European countries and regional trends? While it is still too early to assess the crisis, the Foundation wishes, through this collection, to contribute to the understanding of the sequence we are going through.
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Our Publications in July

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The Best of Europe

Summer is here, cultural life is back and travel in Europe is possible again. For this last edition on the best of cultural Europe, the Foundation publishes a selection of shows to follow in July and August. Some of the biggest and most renowned festivals will not take place this year. But all over the continent, other festivals will be held, in reduced format or partially online.
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The Big European Quiz

You want to know everything about the EU? Test your knowledge!
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e-Conference - Streaming media and Telecommunication: the turning point?

The Foundation organised an online conference on the topic of the media and telecoms in Europe in times of Covid-19 with Roberto Viola, Director-General of DG CONNECT at the European Commission, Gérard Pogorel and Augusto Preta, authors of a recently published study by the Foundation on this topic
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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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Competition Policy and Industrial Policy: For a reform of European law

The failures of certain merger projects like Alstom/Siemens call into question the inadequacy, or even obsolescence, of European competition law and its place in relation to other public policy objectives. Other challenges arise: on the one hand, the existing law faces the challenges raised by the digital economy; on the other hand, European competition law does not take sufficient account of international competition. Should a rebalancing not be carried out between competition policy and industrial policy so that the objectives of the latter can be deployed?
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Meeting with Christine Lagarde

03/02/2020 Christine Lagarde, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), was received at the Foundation on 3 February.
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