France more likely than Germany to lead the EU Council after Brexit, voting records in the Council show

with special thanks to professor Simon Hix and research assistant Davide Ferrari

After the outcome of the Brexit referendum, many observers wondered how the equilibrium of powers in the EU Council would change. We have looked at the voting dynamics over the last 7 years (over 22.000 votes of EU governments) to understand what is likely to happen after the UK leaves. Continue Reading

Turkey’s Accession to the EU: VoteWatch analysis on eleven years of voting on accession negotiations with Turkey

 

 

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by Michael Kaeding[1] and Felix Schenuit

The political situation between Turkey and the EU is getting increasingly delicate. Recent developments, including Erdogan’s clear-cut reactions towards the resolution of the German Bundestag on the Armenian Genocide or the “Böhmermann affair” illustrate how big the differences are between Turkey and EU’s Member States. Continue Reading

Los políticos españoles abogan por el proyecto europeo, pero difieren en la situación de Irlanda del Norte

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Después del Brexit, analizamos las posiciones de los europarlamentarios respecto al futuro de Europa. Observamos que existen fuertes discrepancias no solo entre los Estados miembros, sino también entre las diferentes familias políticas. De hecho, en países como Francia, Italia o Alemania, las posiciones de los partidos representados en el Parlamento Europeo varían considerablemente a lo largo de todo el espectro político. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Europe announced as the most influential (online) EU affairs think tank over the past 6 months!

An independent measurement conducted by Hill & Knowlton Strategies places VoteWatch Europe at the top of the influencers in the category of think tanks communicating on EU affairs!

The measurement takes into account the online outreach during the first 6 months of 2016. VoteWatch’s high level of influence is based on the fact that it is the organisation with the largest followership among the Members of the European Parliament. Continue Reading

Spanish parties agree on the need for more EU, but they are split on Northern Ireland

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After the Brexit, we analysed which are the positions of EU politicians in the European Parliament on the future of Europe. We observed that there were strong disagreements between both different Member States and different political families. Indeed, in countries such as France, Italy or Germany, the positions of the political parties represented in the EP vary considerably across the political spectrum. Continue Reading

Power mapping: what politicians actually think about EU’s future

Over the last few days the information market has been flooded with speculations on how the EU leaders will move next. We have measured the current political support for initiatives such as deeper integration of continental Europe, Northern Ireland’s and Scotland’s EU membership and Juncker’s continuation as Commission president. This is what we found. Continue Reading

EU-FBI: how European and national politics clash

EU-FBI: how European and national politics clash

After the terrible terror attack stricken in Nice during the celebration for the Bastille Day, politicians are facing again the dilemma on how to properly address the rising threat of terrorism in the main European cities. The previous reactions to the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels showed that a European response to terrorism is still far away. Continue Reading

Brexit: what consequences for the EU policies after the referendum’s shocking results?

 

A massive political earthquake shook the world this morning, as the majority of UK’s citizens voted in favour of leaving the EU. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the future relations between the UK and the European Union, as well as the possibility of a domino effect in other EU countries and future internal cohesion of the country (considering the tension in Northern Ireland and Scotland). Continue Reading

EU Parliamentarians from Southern Europe want more attention

Interesting overview of some of the habits of the Members of the European Parliament: a clear North-South divide is revealed when we look into who uses speeches and statements to get more attention. However, speaking is one thing, doing is another. This is why we are working on a comprehensive analysis assessing the actual influence of MEPs that takes into account all the facts and figures – stay tuned for updates! Continue Reading

One year of far-right group in the EP: high participation, low success rate in shaping EU policies

On the 15th of June, the far-right eurosceptic Europe of Nations and Freedom celebrated its first birthday. Many have wondered what the constitution of this group, made up of Marine Le Pen’s Front National and their foreign legion, would mean for the political dynamics in the European Parliament and EU policies as a whole. We have looked into their behaviour and results over this past year. Continue Reading