Forecast: what changes for the EU in 2019?

Who will be the next President of the European Commission, Council, Parliament and ECB?

What will be the priorities of the Spitzenkandidaten and of political parties?

Which political groups will we have in the European Parliament after the elections?

At VoteWatch Europe we’re running a continuous monitoring service that allows us to forecast the likely answers to these questions, as well as the direction and speed of policy reforms in areas such as energy, environment, trade, financial services, digital and many more. Continue Reading

Winners and losers of EU politics – June 2018 (NATO, posting of drivers, etc)

During June’s plenary session, MEPs took key decisions on the future rules for the workers in the road transportation sector, the future cooperation between the EU and NATO, and debated Rutte’s plans for the future of Europe.

As always, our special report highlights the most disputed issues, who made coalitions with whom, who won and who lost, the oddest voting behavior of EU Parliamentarians (MEPs) and the strangest bedfellows that occurred in Strasbourg. Continue Reading

Winners and losers of EU politics – May 2018 (MFF, CAP, etc)

Who gets what from the EU money, the regulation of the labour market, mandatory labelling, subsidies for farming (CAP) and a new investment fund for the Eurozone were the chief topics on which continental political forces fought during the latest plenary session of the European Parliament.

In the key showdown, MEPs  took a stand on the Commission’s proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework. Continue Reading

Agreement or Polarization? How European Institutions and MEPs React to Regulating AI

Following pressures to create a legal framework for artificial intelligence, European institutions are starting to draft initiatives and proposals. So, let’s take the next step in our AI journey and look at how European political actors are positioning themselves today. Spoiler alert: with caution and slight optimism.

We start by looking at the latest announcement from the European Commission, as it sets the tone and direction for the entire European Union. Continue Reading

VoteWatch data used by Sigrid Melchior in her latest signature-book: “Reporter’s Guide to the EU”

Over the last decade, VoteWatch Europe has become an inexhaustible source of information for several European authors who used our data to anchor their stories in the EU political reality.

After the recent publication of The European Parliament, written by Ariadna Ripoll Servent, another author has used our data for her publication on EU Affairs. Sigrid Melchior, an experienced Brussels-based journalist, brings to the spotlight Reporter’s Guide to the EU, a handbook addressed to professional journalists and students of journalism, published by Routledge in 2017. Continue Reading

Survey results: who will lead the EU after 2019?

How will the EU institutions look like after the 2019 reshuffle? This is the question on everyone’s mind in Brussels, but the answers differ based on the information that one has (one’s personal mini-bubble). In order to get an overview of the expectations of the EU affairs community as a whole,  VoteWatch Europe has surveyed more than 1.000 members of the broader ‘EU bubble’ (which also includes national civil servants, whose views are more reflective of the different national perspectives) for their views regarding the reallocation of top EU positions in 2019 (Presidencies of European Commission, European Parliament, European Council and European Central Bank). Continue Reading

Interview: China’s long shadow over EU-Taiwan relations

by Hsiao-Chiang (Jeff) Hsu – Business Development Assistant at VoteWatch Europe

Despite the absence of formal diplomatic relationships with Taiwan, the EU has established solid relations with the first democratic country in East Asia over the past decades. Economic relations between the two partners are particularly close and dynamic: Taiwan is currently the EU’s fourth largest trading partner in Asia and the EU is Taiwan’s fourth largest export market. Continue Reading

Scenario: who could take over EU’s top posts in 2019?

2019 is surely going to bring a large shake-up to the EU system. Next year we will see the first EU elections without the British and an increasingly fragmented European Parliament, as new political movements like Macron’s En Marche and the Italian 5 Star Movement are set to pose a serious challenge to the traditional parties. As a result, the allocation of top EU posts will be a more complex operation than ever before. Continue Reading

When Science Fiction Becomes Reality: Redefining the Legal and Social Framework for Artificial Intelligence

by Sabina Varga, journalist and futurist

What does it take to be a citizen? If you take a citizenship test, you have to prove your knowledge of history, law, culture – and fulfill a few other requirements before joining the official ranks of a certain country. Alternatively, by simply being born on the territory of a country you can become a citizen by default.

Citizenship is something many of us take for granted. Continue Reading