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Catalonia: the lie of the land after the battle

On 21st December the Catalans voted. Nearly a month later we can put forward the first ideas about the results, their meaning and the impact these might have. Whilst in society and the Spanish Parliament there is a very wide majority in support of the respect of the rules of the game, the ballot boxes have revealed a deeply divided society in two quantitatively similar blocks, although one of them has been in government for nearly forty years.
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Ahead after the first round of the Czech Presidential election, outgoing President Milos Zeman will however find it difficult to take the second round

As forecast by all the polls, the outgoing President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman (Citizens' Rights Party, SPOZ) came out ahead in the first round of the presidential election on 12th and 13th January. He won 38.65% of the vote and pulled ahead of Jiri Drahos (independent), former chair of the Academy of Science, who has been supported by the centrist People's Christian Democratic Party (KDU-CSL), led by Pavel Belobradek and also Mayors and Independents (STAN), a party led by Petr Gazdik, which won 26.60% of the vote. The two men will face each other in a second round on 26th and 27th January next.
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International Trade, the conditions of an ambition

09/01/2018 30 million jobs depend directly on external trade. However, the economic situation, fears surrounding the loss of status, the danger of a decline in its collective preferences (normative, social, environmental) are leading some to believe that the EU is globalisation's "Trojan Horse". Whilst the lack of compromise on a world scale has led to a dead end, the will to increase bilateral approaches reveals, on the contrary, a joint ambition. This file attempts to establish what the conditions for this are.
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Outgoing head of State Nicos Anastasiades is the grand favourite in the Cypriot presidential election

09/01/2018 On 28th January next the Cypriots are being called to ballot to appoint the president of the Republic. The outgoing head of State Nicos Anastasiades is the grand favourite in the election. According to the most recent poll undertaken in December by CMRC, the outgoing head of State (Democratic Assembly DISY) is due to win the first round of the election with 29.1% of the vote. Nicolas Papadopoulos (Democratic Party DIKO) is due to win 21.1%, and Stavros Malas (Progressive Workers' Party AKEL), 18.79%. The second round will take place on 4th February.
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Will outgoing President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö win the election in the first round of the Finnish Presidential election?

09/01/2018 On 28th January the Finns are being called to ballot to appoint the president of the Republic. If one of the eight candidates wins more than 50% of the vote he or she will win the election directly; if this is not the case a second round will be organised on 11th February. Outgoing President Sauli Niinistö is the grand favourite. Just a few weeks before the election his lead is quite exceptional. According to a poll by Kantar TNS in December the outgoing head of State is due to win 70% of the vote.
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Permanent Atlas of the European Union

23/02/2017 With its 28 Member States and its 510 million inhabitants the European Union is the leading economic power in the world. And yet when people speak of it, they only mention the problems experienced in its construction and it remains largely misunderstood. This edition of the Atlas of the European Union is a work of reference that presents the Union, its institutions, each of its Member States and their overseas territories via their history, their culture and their reality. With over 50 maps, original information sheets and synthetic statistics, it offers a unique view of Europe and is accessible to all.
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The Schuman Report on Europe, State of the Union 2017

27/04/2017 he "Schuman Report on the State of the Union 2017" published by Lignes de Repères in French and English, provides a view for a better understanding of the stakes and challenges faced by Europe. Available in bookshops or on the Foundation's site or in digital version. Order your copy now!
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Thematic File on UK-EU Relations

29/03/2017 British Prime Minister Theresa May has engaged on March 29 the triggering of article 50 TEU starting the process taking the UK out of the EU, six months after a referendum on June 23 2016. The Robert Schuman Foundation offers its readers an information file on the main questions set by this new page of the relations between the UK and the EU.
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Immigration: information file

08/09/2015 The repeated drownings in the Mediterranean have led to an emergency situation regarding the European migratory question. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), more than 1,750 migrants perished in the Mediterranean between January and April 2015, ie more than 30 times the figure in the same period in 2014. Given these repeated catastrophes an extraordinary European Council was organised on 23rd April and ten new measures were put forward on 20th April by the European Commission including stepping up surveillance operations and rescue at sea. The Robert Schuman Foundation is offering its readers an information file on the theme of immigration, that brings together its publications on this issue in order to review the development of these events in Europe.
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  • Ministerial reshuffle in the UK
    On 8th January the Prime Minister Theresa May went ahead with a ministerial reshuffle following the resignation of Damian Green, Deputy Prime Minister at the end of December. David Lidington - to date Justice Minister will take over his post. The Education, Justice and Northern Ireland Ministers are now respectively Damian Hinds, David Gauke and Karen Bradley.
  • Unemployment down in Europe
    On 9th January Eurostat published unemployment figures for November 2017. This lay at 7.3% in the EU, down in comparison with 7.4% in October 2017 and 8.3% in November 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded since October 2008. It totalled 8.7% in the euro zone, down in comparison with 8.8% in October 2017 and 9.8% in November 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euzo zone since January 2009.
  • Ministerial reshuffle in Poland
    Just before his meeting with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker on 9th January Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki dismissed his Defence, Foreign Affairs, Environment, Healthcare and Digital Affairs Ministers. Antoni Macierewicz and Witold Waszczykowski were replaced by Mariusz Blaszczak and Jacek Czaputowicz. This reshuffle comes just as Mr Morawiecki in office for a month is trying to improve the tense relations between Warsaw and Brussels.