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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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Putin's Four Wars. Why Does Russia Want to Become an Empire Again?

The Foundation hosted an online debate on Russia and Putin's political ambitions that go beyond Russian territory. The author Sergei Medvedev, the specialist of the Russian and post-Soviet world Galia Ackerman and the former ambassador and member of the Scientific Council of the Foundation Philippe de Suremain intervened.
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Our publications in November

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European Democracy, a fundamental system to be protected

As the moral and political basis of the European Union, democracy is also a condition for its capacity to act. The system that organises it is subject to many hybrid threats affecting the integrity of elections and public debate. Gradually, Europeans are organising themselves to respond collectively.
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Report on Rule of Law in the European Union: A First Step Towards a Shared European Public Space

The Report on the Rule of Law, published for the first time by the Commission in September, is intended to be a comprehensive review of the rule of law in all Member States, without exception. The discussion it generates should provide a better understanding of the situation in each country, in all its complexity and in its entirety, and thus contribute to the creation of a European public space, according to Frédéric Petit, French MP for French citizens living abroad.
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Liberal forces are expected to win the parliamentary elections in Romania on 6 December next

According to the latest polls, the National Liberal Party (PNL) of Prime Minister Ludovic Orban should come out ahead in the parliamentary elections to be held on 6 December, followed by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Save Romania Union-Party of Freedom, Solidarity and Unity (USR-PLUS). The PNL and USR-PLUS could form a government coalition complemented by the People's Movement Party (PMP), but these liberal forces will have to overcome their disagreements on the reforms to be carried out...
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Sanitary measures and travel conditions across Europe

As the second wave is strongly hitting Europe, the Robert Schuman Foundation publishes an overview of the sanitary measures and travel conditions across the European Union. An essential resource for understanding the sequence that we are currently experiencing. The table is regularly updated.
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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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The impact of the health crisis on the functioning of Parliaments

The Robert Schuman Foundation, in partnership with a European university research network initiated in 2016 in Lille on the subject of "Parliament and the notion of time", is launching a series of reports which aim to give an account of "the impact of the current health crisis on the functioning of national Parliaments" in Europe. In particular, the contributions questioned the impact of the health crisis on parliamentary procedure and the parliamentary control of the government.
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Exclusive interview with Jean-Claude Juncker: "Europe is a world power and unaware of it"

In an exclusive interview granted on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Foundation's Newsletter, Jean-Claude Juncker gives his view on the development of the European Union, its past and future challenges. The former President of the Commission calls for a Europe that is aware of its strength and defends its interests. He notes that Europeans do not yet know each other well enough but believes that "we will have become better Europeans after the health crisis".
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Europe and the challenge of solidarity in the time of Covid-19

Jean-Dominique Giuliani has contributed an article on European solidarity in times of the Covid crisis to the volume N° 36 of the Magazine The European Security and Defence Union.
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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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The Big European Quiz

You want to know everything about the EU? Test your knowledge!
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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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  • 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.