Europe is facing a new strategic context calling for response, in which it appears totally powerless. Without promising uncertain stability, Europe must guarantee real security otherwise the very essence of the project to unify the continent will be brought into question. But the defence of Europe has not really moved forward; its failings have been highlighted. To guarantee the defence of its citizens Brussels must accept a temporary change of method in this area and for the Member States to be aware of the dangers surrounding us, so that we as Europeans can respond together with European solidarity and cooperation. If we succeed, European unification, its institutions, our States, will all benefit greatly. Read more
9.7 million Portuguese are called to ballot on 24th January to appoint the successor to Anibal Cavaco Silva (Social Democratic Party PSD), who cannot run for a third mandate. If none of the ten candidates running wins the absolute majority during the first round on 24th January, a second round will be organised on 14th February. According to the most recent poll by Eurosondagem, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (PSD) is due to win in the first round with 52.5% of the vote... Read more
The Robert Schuman Foundation co-organised a conference in Brussels together with the Hanns Seidel Stiftung on the lessons to be learnt of the Spanish elections, notably regarding their impact on Europe. Enrolment is free of charge but obligatory... Read more
The third edition of the Atlas of the European Union has just been published in paper and digital version. The work presents the Union, its institutions, its 28 Member States and a novelty - their overseas territories. Order now to learn everything there is to know about Europe... Read more
The rule of law is one of the fundamental values on which the European Union is based, according to article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union. Whilst some countries are adopting some contested measures, thereby obliging the Commission to examine the issue closely, the Letter offers you the Foundation's study which was published in May 2015... Read more
Since 4th January Sweden requires people to produce an ID document when crossing the Öresund Bridge. Denmark also introduced controls on its borders with Germany on the same day. On 6th January the German, Swedish and Danish Immigration Ministers spoke with European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, responsible for asylum, in order to seek a way for a return to normal life as quickly as possible... Read more
On 7th January the European Commission adopted a series of crossborder cooperation programmes totalling 1 billion €. These are focused on the economic and social development of regions that lie on either side of the EU's external borders... Read more
On 11th January the EU addressed Belgium regarding its "illegal" tax regime that fosters multinationals and ordered 35 of them to reimburse around 700 million euro of unpaid taxes to the country... Read more
On January 1st the Netherlands took over from Luxembourg for the six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union which will focus on four priorities: migratory issues and security; innovation and employment; financial stability; and energy and climate issues. European Commission representatives travelled to Amsterdam to mark the official launch of the Dutch presidency... Read more
The Croatian President appointed Tihomir Oreskovic as Prime Minister on 23rd December. On 28th December Zeljko Reiner, former Healthcare Minister was elected as leader of the Assembly by 88 votes in support, 1 against and 62 abstentions. The newly appointed Prime Minister has 30 days to submit his government to the vote of parliament... Read more
Three months after the election and just hours before the deadline, Charles Puigdemont was sworn in as President of Catalonia 70 votes in support, 63 against and 2 abstentions. He promised independence in 2017... Read more
The governor of the Greek Central Bank, Yannis Stournaras, called on the government on 4th January to implement the reforms provided for in the international rescue plan stressing that by not doing so the country's economy would be exposed to risks that it could not assume... Read more
On 6th January Rokas Masiulis, the Lithuanian Energy Minister wrote a letter to his Latvian, Estonian, Polish and Finnish counterparts asking them not to purchase electricity from power plants that were about to be built in Belarus and in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, deeming that their safety was inadequate... Read more
The Polish Parliament adopted a law at the end of December subjecting public media to the control of the party in power (PiS). This law passed by the President on 7th January was the focus of a complaint lodged with the Council of Europe. The Commission will hold a guideline debate on Poland on 13th January. The Polish President will travel to Brussels on 18th January... Read more
On 28th December 2015 the Polish President passed a law on the reform of the Constitutional Tribunal that will allow the ruling party (PiS) to override opinions the latter deem unfavourable... Read more
British Prime Minister David Cameron called on 7th January for the restriction of social aid within the European Union after a meeting with the CSU, the Bavarian party allied to Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Wildbad Kreuth. In Hungary he met his counterpart, Viktor Orban... Read more
According to a poll published on 6th January by YouGov, 51% of Britons want the UK to stay in the EU and 49% want it to leave. On 7th January ORB International published the result of an opinion poll covering 14 EU Member States regarding their membership of the EU... Read more
The free-trade agreement between Kyiv and Brussels entered into force on January 1st. It will help towards the modernisation and diversification of the Ukrainian economy and will encourage more reform, notably in the fight against corruption... Read more
According to a Eurobarometer survey published on 6th January the Common Agricultural Policy enjoys wide support amongst the European population, since 8 out of 10 interviewees deem it important or very important... Read more
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