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"Open conflict between the West and Russia is not an Option"

Faced with the war in Ukraine, the European Union must rethink its energy model, organise solidarity with refugees and give Ukraine a European perspective, says Czech MEP Dita Charanzova, whose country will chair the Council from 1 July.
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Europe, women's continent

Among the five continents Europe holds the lead in terms of gender equality in politics. With Elisabeth Borne, France now also has a woman at the head of its government. The Foundation has compiled three summary tables ranking the European Union countries according to the number of women in government and parliament, as well as a map illustrating women's place in Europe and in the world.
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The Fall of the House of Russia - Good or bad news for Europe?

Ukraine, and with it Europe and the West, will certainly win the war against Russia, which Putin's nationalist and revisionist rule has unleashed. It will take a generation for Russia to recover, but preparations must already be made to establish a sustainable and peaceful security architecture on the European continent, writes Jean-Dominique Giuliani.
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Europe has an opportunity for change

In a text written for the Foundation on the occasion of Europe Day, the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola underlines that Europe has shown the world unprecedented determination, solidarity and unity against the Russian war in Ukraine, and calls on European leaders to be bold in responding to the challenges and expectations of citizens.
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The Declaration of 9 May 1950

On 9 May, while Vladimir Putin showcases his army against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine and the rewriting of history, the European Union is celebrating Europe Day and its model of peace and cooperation. On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman proposed the pooling of coal and steel to overcome differences. The Foundation is republishing this founding text of European construction.
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9 May: looking to the future

72 years after the Schuman Declaration, Europe remains a unique pole of stability, wealth, solidarity and equality in the world. Faced with the challenges of the 21st century, and in particular the challenge to its democratic model, the message of unity of 9 May 1950 remains more relevant than ever, writes Jean-Dominique Giuliani.
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Europe Day

On the occasion of Europe Day, which celebrates the Schuman Declaration every year, the Foundation has created a special page 9 May for you. Here you can find the text of the founding speech made by Robert Schuman, documents about himself and the construction of Europe, as well as an interactive map of events organised throughout Europe and the world and a quizz which allows you to test your knowledge on the European Union.
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The challenges in protecting maritime areas of common interest, from the Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific

Recognised and respected for its economic weight, the European Union must also be able to influence maritime security issues which are strategic for it and its partners throughout the world. It has a key role to play in securing areas of common interest, through its naval operations, its capacity-building and governance programmes.
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Our publications in April

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Strategic dependencies, a question of sovereignty

The war in Ukraine and the sanctions against Russia highlight the economic and financial power of the West but raise the question of external vulnerabilities. Beyond hydrocarbons, the European Union is becoming aware of the need to secure raw materials and technologies.
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The Foundation's Publications on the Topic of Ukraine

Since its creation the Robert Schuman Foundation has been interested in Ukraine, its relations to the European Union and its geopolitical stakes. The Foundation makes a compilation of studies available that it has published on this neighbouring country of the Union.
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The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Since 1 January and until 30 June, France is holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. This institutional role has an important political dimension, as the Union emerges from the economic crisis while facing the pandemic and many geopolitical challenges. The Foundation will follow and analyse this presidency, so that you can understand all the issues at stake.
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The Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary!

30 years ago, on 21st February 1992, the creation of the Robert Schuman Foundation was announced in the Journal Officiel. On the occasion of this anniversary we would like to share with you some of its first documents to retrace its history. The President of the Foundation Jean-Dominique Giuliani gives us his testimony. And to take you back to 1992, we offer you a little quiz. Thank you for your loyalty and support.
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Chronology of a revolution in progress

On 25 February, the European Council strongly condemned Belarus' involvement in the Russian attack on Ukraine, which was partly carried out from its territory. The EU decided to extend to Belarus the export restrictions on dual-use goods, decided against Russia, and will also sanction Belarusians who contribute to the Russian war effort. Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced in Paris that she would soon form a government in exile. To follow the crisis since the rigged presidential election of August 2020, the Foundation offers you a chronology of events and links to European responses and initiatives.
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Map of the European Recovery Plans

In order to respond to the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Union has set up a €672.5 billion recovery fund, known as the Recovery and Resilience Facility, to be used by member states in the form of grants and loans. The first plans were adopted in July. The Foundation provides you with an interactive map of the plans country by country, to find out more about the amounts, timetables and priorities.
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Health measures and travel conditions across Europe

16/05/2022 To follow the evolution of the situation, the Foundation offers you a complete map of the sanitary measures in place and the travel conditions across Europe. An essential resource that is regularly updated.
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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 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.