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Europe in the Sino-American Trade War

The US trade policy is destabilising the international trade system severely. The EU is fighting to maintain stability of a system under dire threat. This is an extremely difficult task but also a historic occasion to modify and adapt the international system to future challenges.
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Our freedom starts with Hong Kong

In his most recent editorial, Jean-Dominique Giuliani writes about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and their significance for freedom and liberty as we know it in Europe.
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Socialists due to retain office after the elections on 6th October

Portugal is one of the rare EU Member States to be led by a socialist, Antonio Costa (PS) and where, for the time being, the populist and extremists are absent. According to the polls the country is due to retain its status as a European exception after the general election on 6th October. A question remains however: will they be able to win the absolute majority?
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Outgoing Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's People's Party (ÖVP) favourite in the snap election in Austria on 29th September next

02/09/2019 The Austrians aged at least 16 are being called to ballot on 29th September to elect the 183 members of the National Council (Nationalrat), the lower house of Parliament. This election, which is being held three years ahead of schedule, follows the dismissal of the government chaired by Chancellor Kurz (People's Party, ÖVP) by the National Council on 27th May last.According to the most recent poll by Research Affairs between 22nd and 28th August last, the People's Party (ÖVP) is due to draw ahead easily with 35% of the vote. It is due to be followed by the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) with 21%, then the Freedom Party, 19%, Greens-Alternative Green (DG) with 11%, the liberals of NEOS-New Austria (NEOS), 9% and finally JETZT, a left-wing ecologist party, 2%.
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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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Von der Leyen: the right choice

After the confirmation of Ursula von der Leyen as new president of the European Commission, Jean-Dominique Giuliani writes in his editorial: "She is the right person for the right post".
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The 2nd edition of the Permanent Atlas of the European Union is available

07/01/2019 The Robert Schuman Foundation has published a new edition of its Permanent Atlas of the European Union. The second edition of this unique book, written 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 historical milestones and political and statistical realities of the Union and offers more than 50 physical and geopolitical maps of Europe. Available now!
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All about the European Parliament

17/07/2019 The European Parliament, elected on 23rd-26th May met for the first time on 2nd July. It elected its President, David Sassoli and bureau (14 Vice-Presidents and 5 Quaestors). You can consult our special internet site for the names of the 7 political groups to which the 751 MEPs belong, the name of the chairs and vice-chairs of the political groups and the most recent news regarding the establishment of the 22 parliamentary committees and the election of the President of the European Commission.
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Our publications in July

02/08/2019 The Foundation has published in July the following studies:
- From the G20 in Osaka to the G7 in Biarritz: where is Europe going? by Jean-Paul Betbèze
- Europe, Disinformation and Fake news by Mariya Gabriel
- Towards a renewed Euro-African partnership by Alexandre Kateb
- The 9th European legislature, a new political landscape by Eric Maurice, Cindy Schweitzer, Magali Menneteau et Delphine Bougassas-Gaullier
- The right-wing opposition wins the general election in Greece by Corinne Deloy
- Von der Leyen: the right choice by Jean-Dominique Giuliani
- And yet it moves! by Jean-Dominique Giuliani
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The Schuman Report on Europe, the State of the Union 2019

The 10th edition analyses the challenges Europe faces. With the contribution of the best experts, original maps and commented statistics, the Schuman Report 2019 on the State of the Union offers a complete view of the European Union.
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    The Union has extended the sanctions against 170 people and 44 entities involved in the breaches of Ukraine's territorial, integrity, its sovereignty and independence until 15th March 2020.
  • The ECB resumes its purchase of assets and reduces its deposit rate
    The European Central Bank decided on 12th September to reduce the rate of its deposit facility (-0.5%) and to revive its asset purchase programme on the secondary markets (also called quantitative easing) to a total of 20 billion € per month as of 1st November. The aim is to encourage banks to lend more to businesses and to private parties and to counter inflation that it too low in the euro zone.
  • Auditors' Court Analysis of European Defence
    In an analysis published on 12th September the European Court of Auditors deemed that the recent European Defence projects and the increase in funding "were not without risk in terms of results". It notes that several requirements have not yet been met regarding the existence of an effective planning process at EU level, the participation of the Member States, the effect on real capability requirements, and the governance framework as well as accountability.