European Parliament: A new political group led by Marine Le Pen

A new political group has emerged in the European Parliament, under the leadership of Marine le Pen. Due to the fragmentation of power, multiple-group coalitions are needed pass decisions in the EP. Do you find it relatively easy or difficult to predict the position of the European Parliament as a whole on the issues of interest to you?

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Juncker’s investment fund is approved by a grand EP coalition

A rather large majority of EU Parliamentarians (76%) approved the establishment of the European Strategic and Investment Plan (EFSI), also known as the “Juncker Plan”.

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ALDE is back in its kingmaker seat in the EP

Although only 4th biggest, ALDE has won more votes in the EP plenary than any other group. This is counter-intuitive, yet made possible by the fragmentation of power and the balance of forces between the left and the right.

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The influence of rapporteurs on trade and energy dossiers is overestimated: facts and figures

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EP majority still favourable to TTIP & reformed ISDS, but negotiations will take longer than expected

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