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Voting methods and issues at stake in the European Elections of May 2019

The next European elections will take place from 23rd to 26th May 2019 in the 27 Member States of the European Union, focusing on many political, economic and democratic themes. The present forecasts show a more complicated situation than that described of a fight between the "progressive" and "nationalist" forces.
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Donald Trump's Trade Policy - when the hegemon ceases to benevolent

04/12/2018 It is tempting to appeal to the irrationality, demagogy, impulsivity or incompetence of the part of the American President. But whilst it tends neither to the establishment of pure and simple protectionism or isolationism, it is more fruitful to question the logic behind the trade policy which places Europe before a strategic dilemma.
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Our publications in November

03/12/2018 The Foundation has published in November the following studies:
- Brexit, lessons in negotiations for the European Union by Eric Maurice
- The Social Dimension: at the heart of Europe by Marianne Thyssen
- A new definition of platform liability is necessary to protect European works and authors effectively by Axel Voss
- European Elections 2019: what will the new Parliament's composition be? by Pascale Joannin
- Brexit blues by Jean-Dominique Giuliani
- 11th November: A European Lesson by Jean-Dominique Giuliani
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The European Parliament, heart of the European Democracy

The Foundation organised three events in Warsaw, Budapest and Strasbourg on this issue together with many MEPs and prestigious guests. Download the summary reports of these meetings.
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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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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 Parliament ratifies the EU-Japan trade agreement
    Parliament approved 474 votes (against 152 and 40 abstentions) the EU-Japan free-trade agreement - the biggest bilateral trade agreement that the Union has. It does away with most customs duties on European products exported to Japan. It protects certain geographical indications. It deregulates Japanese calls for tender in certain areas such as on-line trade, postal or railway services. It integrates measures to protect workers and the environment. Japan has already ratified the agreement. The Council still has to formally approve it before the agreement enters into force on 1st February 2019.
  • Parliament's position on the coordination of social protection systems
    On 11th December the European Parliament defined its position 345 votes (against 287 and 24 abstentions) regarding the regulation revising the coordination of social protection systems. MEPs hope that people in search of work might find work more easily in another Member States, thanks to more coordinated social protection rules. The text provides that cross-border workers can choose if they want to receive unemployent payment in the State in which they are working or where they live. The report adopted by the Parliament also mentions the creation of a framework to counter fraud in the posting of workers more effectively.
  • Report on the level of social protection in the EU
    In 2016 social protection spending in the EU lay at 28.2% of the GDP, down by 0.2 points in comparison with 2015, according to the most recent data published by Eurostat on 12th December. The two main sources of financing were social contributions and taxes with respectively 55% to 40% to all revenues. France (34%), Finland and Denmark (32%) lead in the ranking whilst the weakest rates are to be observed in Romania, Latvia and Lithuania (15%). Old age and survivor pensions represent 46% of social protection payments in 2016, sickness and disability benefits total 37% and family allowances linked to housing and unemployment totals 18%.