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Permanent Atlas of the European Union

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 Declaration of 9 May 1950

The declaration of 9 May 1950 is considered the founding text of European integration. Delivered by Robert Schuman, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, in the Salon de l'Horloge of the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, this declaration proposed the creation of a European organisation responsible for pooling French and German coal and steel production and gave rise to the first European Community (ECSC). In 1985, 9 May was declared "Europe Day". We offer you the full text of this declaration by Robert Schuman's.
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Do Europeans know how to "do" solidarity?

In 1950, Robert Schuman declared that Europe would be made by creating de facto solidarity. Today, spontaneous and unrestricted solidarity is the condition for Europeans to be powerful, Jean-Dominique Giuliani emphasises. From the Covid crisis to Turkey's provocations, the European states must assume what their citizens are already demanding and practising.
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Interview with Paul Collowald

Paul Collowald followed as a journalist the Schuman Declaration and the first steps of the Coal and Steel Community, before becoming spokesperson at the European Commission and then Director General of Information of the European Parliament. He shares with the Foundation his testimony on the historic day of May 9, 1950 and his vision of Europe today.
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How not to repeat history: the case of North Korea

To provide humanitarian aid to the North Korean people and promote future denuclearisation of the peninsula, the European Union should open a diplomatic channel with the regime, says the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Unification Commission of the South Korean National Assembly.
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Our publications in April

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Germany turns the page post-Merkel

Angela Merkel, who has headed the German government since 2005, will step down after the federal elections on 26 September. The election also heralds a profound change in the political landscape, with the Christian Democrats seeking to renew their candidates, the Social Democrats losing ground and the Greens representing an alternative force for the first time.
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Health measures and travel conditions across Europe

11/05/2021 European States are trying to strike a balance between health measures and maintaining business activities and family ties, while trying to coordinate their action. The Foundation offers you a summary of the health measures in place and travel conditions across Europe. An indispensable, regularly updated resource designed to help you understand the situation.
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Defending the rule of law and fundamental freedoms

21/04/2021 In response to the pandemic, governments have restricted certain fundamental rights such as freedom of movement. Meanwhile, the state of the rule of law in Poland and other Member States continues to be a concern. The European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, explained how the European Commission is dealing with these issues. Please note that this conference was held in French.
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Reindustrialising Europe: lessons from the health crisis

11/02/2021 The Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton spoke at an exclusive videoconference on the reindustrialisation of Europe and economic innovation in the context of the climate and digital transition. This event was organised by the Foundation in partnership with the Institut Catholique de Paris and the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Lille. Please note that this conference was held in French.
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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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Conference with Josep Borrell - The European Union, a global player

01/02/2021 The Foundation organised, in partnership with the Catholic Institute of Paris, an exclusive videoconference with High Representative Josep Borrell who addressed the major issues that the European Union is currently facing on the international scene. Please note that this conference was held in French.
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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.