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28/01/2019 - From 23rd to 26th May 2019 more than 300 million Europeans are being called to choose their 705 MEPs who will serve them for the next five years. As in the previous elections the Robert Schuman Foundation has developed a web site to provide a better understanding of the election and for its audience to be able to follow the campaign in 27 Member States
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Zuzana Caputova, favourite in the second round of the Slovakian presidential election

19/03/2019 Zuzana Caputova (Progressive Slovakia, PS) easily drew ahead in the first round of the presidential election organised on 16th March in Slovakia. She won 40.57% of the vote, distancing herself from Maros Sefcovic, the Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Energy, who is backed by the party presently in office in Slovakia, Direction-Social Democracy (SMER-SD), taking 18.66% of the vote. The two candidates will face each other in the second round of the election on 30th March. We might recall that Robert Mistrik, supported by Freedom and Solidarity (Sloboda a Solidarita, SaS) and Together-Civic Democracy (SPOLU) withdrew from the race on 26th February last to everyone's surprise - in support of Zuzana Caputova. "In any other Central European State, it would be inconceivable to see a politician of conservative conviction relinquishing his place to a woman with progressive liberal ideas," wrote the Slovakian daily SME.
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And what if we started over, beginning with culture?

19/03/2019 In these critical times for the European Union, how should we give European citizens the taste for Europe again? And how can Europe win back its sovereignty from the American, Russian and Chinese blocks?
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Europe: Is a renaissance possible?

11/03/2019 In his most recent editorial, Jean-Dominique Giuliani writes about stakes in the upcoming European elections.
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For a geopolitics of the euro

12/03/2019 The euro is a world currency. It is the official currency of 19 European States, and according to the June 2018 report by the European Central Bank (ECB) on the international role of the euro, it is by far, ahead of the pound, the yen and the renminbi, the world's second most important currency. The euro turned twenty on January 1st 2019. The strengthening of the single currency will be achieved via its increased use by the EU's economic and trade partners. Promoting the internationalisation of the euro would also strengthen the influence and security of Europe. In virtue of this it must be a diplomatic goal of the institutions and the Member States.
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Presidential election of extremely uncertain outcome in Slovakia Where the outgoing head of State, Andrej Kiska is not standing again

19/02/2019 On 10th January Andrej Danko (National Party SNS), leader of the National Council of the Republic (Narodna rada Slovenskej Republiky), the only house of parliament, announced that the Slovaks would be called to ballot on 16th March next for the first round of the presidential election. If none of the candidates running wins over half of the votes cast on that day (which is highly likely given the high number of people standing in this election), a second round will be organised two weeks later, i.e. on 30th March. On 15th May 2018, outgoing President of the Republic Andrej Kiska announced that he did not want to stand for a second mandate.
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Gender Equality in Europe: what progress in 2019?

05/03/2019 Gender equality lies at the heart of the Union treaties. Despite the progress made at European level, some Member States are still lagging behind. The renewal of the institutions that will follow the European elections of May 2019 will be both an opportunity and a risk. On the eve of this renewal, political choices will be decisive to ensure that gender equality is not left by the wayside or that it is become a conveniently forgotten promise. The courage of Europe's leaders will be put to the text. To enable Europe to be an unrivalled world champion in this area is also a vital goal. It services no purpose to advocate Human Rights if the first of these, women's rights, is not guaranteed.
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Victory for the centre-right opposition (ER) in the general elections in Estonia

04/03/2019 The Reform Party (ER), the main opposition party, led by Kaja Kallas, came out ahead in the general elections on 3rd March in Estonia. It won 28,8% of the vote and 34 of the 101 seats in the Riigikogu, the only house of parliament, i.e. +4 in comparison with the previous elections on March 1st 2015.
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Our publications In February

01/03/2019 The Foundation has published in February the following studies::
- Migration at the heart of the EU-Arab League Summit by Jean-Pierre Garson
- The Common Agricultural Policy and the challenge of subsidiarity by Bernard Bourget
- New challenges for the European Union's trade policy by Olivier de Laroussilhe
- What European response to American extra-territoriality? by Philippe Bonnecarrere
- Presidential election of extremely uncertain outcome in Slovakia by Corinne Deloy
- Will the Centre Party manage to retain office in Estonia? by Corinne Deloy
- What did you say? Competition? by Jean-Dominique Giuliani
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The 2nd edition of the Permanent Atlas of the European Union is available

07/01/2019 With a view to the forthcoming European elections, the Robert Schuman Foundation is making a new edition of its Permanent Atlas of the European Union available to all. The second edition of this unique book, prepared by experts from the Robert Schuman Foundation, provides a comprehensive and easily accessible overview of the Union, the euro area and each of its 28 Member States. It summarises most of the history and political and statistical realities of the Union and offers more than 50 physical and geopolitical maps of Europe. Now available !
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Schuman Report 2018, State of the Union.

09/04/2018 The 9th edition analyses the challenges Europe faces. With the contribution of the best experts, an exclusive interview with Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, original maps and commented statistics, the Schuman Report 2018 on the state of the Union offers a complete view of the European Union.
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  • Conclusions of the General Affairs Council
    European Affairs Ministers who met on 19th March for the General Affairs Council debated the multiannual financial framework (MFF), the European strategy for the climate, as well as migration. They took a first partial decision regarding the pre-accession asistance instrument: the EU will continue to provide assistance to the candidate countries over the period 2021-2027. The Council also adopted a series of emergency measures in view of a no-deal Brexit, as well as new rules to prevent the abusive use of personal data by European political parties.
  • 525 million euro for common industrial defence and research projects
    As part fo the introducetion of a European Defence Fund the Commission adopted work programmes to cofinance industrial defence and research projects with an envelope of 525 million euro for the period 2019-2020. The Commission will publish calls for proposalsl within the next few days and the emphasis will be placed on themes such as drones, satellite communication, artificial intelligence, cyberdefence and maritime security.
  • OECD: rise in counterfeit trade in the EU
    In a joint report published on 18th March the OECD and the EU's Office for Intellectual Property (EUIPO) noted a 3.3% rise in the trade of counterfeit goods in the OECD's member states. In the EU counterfeit goods represent 6.8% of imports, a rise of 1.8 points in five years. Although counterfeit trade mainly affects shoes and clothes (38%), the report is concerned regarding the trade in counterfeit medical equipment and medicines (7%) which pose a significant threat to consumers.