Which role for the Nordic countries in the Europe of tomorrow?

The future of Europe is more uncertain than ever: the UK is leaving the bloc, while France and Germany are planning to rekindle the European project, as a way of addressing the increasing centrifugal tendencies in the Union. The next few years will be decisive in determining the future direction of the continent. In a time where the mere survival of the EU is at stake, Nordic countries are often seen as sitting on the fence: not particularly enthusiastic about further European political integration, but not on their way out either. Continue Reading

Vote on labour policy highlights political and national differences

Brexit will lead to a decrease in the support for a more flexible labour market across the European Union. In fact, over the decades, the British government opposed several EU initiatives aiming at stepping up worker protection, as they implied higher costs for businesses as a whole. The debates regarding the flexibility of the labour market have long haunted the different European institutions, which constantly hesitated about the positions they should adopt while trying to satisfy countries with heterogeneous views on the question. Continue Reading

Dutch coalition forecast: would the Christian Union fit in the new government?

The Dutch national elections took place more than 100 days ago and yet we don’t know what the new government will look like. After coalition talks with the green party (GroenLinks) collapsed as a result of disagreements on migration policy, the conservative Christian Union (ChristenUnie, CU) came into view as a possible fourth government party. Earlier we reported this possibility (i.e. Continue Reading

The EU Politics behind FinTech regulation post-Brexit

The digital revolution is irreversibly changing the way we live, but also the way we interact with political and financial institutions which, in turn, have a huge level of control over our lives. Political institutions shape the laws that we need to follow, while financial institutions control the credit and the money without which we are stuck. At VoteWatch Europe we use information technology to empower citizens politically, by providing the tools to scrutinise how our representatives make EU policies on our behalf. Continue Reading

French media tip VoteWatch Europe as the most reliable source for watching MEPs

During the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections in France, much attention was payed to the work of some of the candidates in the European Parliament. The most prominent, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen, ran for the Presidency of the Republic.

In this electoral context, some candidates used manipulative sources to praise their own work in the EP, a trick spotted and addressed promptly by the media. Continue Reading

What can the EU expect from the German federal election?

The future of many EU policies largely depends on the outcome of German election in September. Indeed, the potential end of the grand coalition, made up of the Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democrats, could alter the position of Berlin on issues such as the EU defence policy and the future of the Eurozone.

According to its supporters, the grand coalition brought harmony and balance to German politics. Continue Reading

How did Belgian EU Parliamentarians vote on social rights?

VoteWatch Europe combined its political expertise with its dataset on the voting records in the EP to analyse how Belgian European Parliamentarians positioned themselves on several economic and social issues, ranging from the introduction of a European minimum wage to the establishment of an Eurozone budget. This report was commissioned by the Belgian Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (ACV-CSC) with the purpose of tracking the voting behaviour of Belgian MEPs on social rightsContinue Reading

Interview: What Do Trends Reveal about the Future of the EU?

Doru Peter Frantescu is co-founder and CEO of VoteWatch Europe. His data-driven reports on the actual voting behavior of Parliamentarians and Governments in the EU decision-making have been quoted by reputed institutions and the media in over 35 countries on 5 continents.

In a panel this week at the European Business Summit and an interview with Euronews, he spoke about the directions in which we can expect the EU to go, applying the current trends revealed by the processing of actual decision-making data (as opposed to carefully-crafted political statements) to the events expected between now and the end of 2019. Continue Reading

How Does the Spanish Political Turmoil Impact EU Politics?

Things are moving in Spain. With the election of Pedro Sanchez as the new leader of the Spanish Socialist party (PSOE), a potential referendum on the independence of Catalonia in September and Spanish Government’s tight majority in the national Parliament, there are plenty of reasons to take a closer look at this country’s politics. Pedro Sanchez’ victory took place in an already unstable political setting and is likely to enhance polarisation in Spanish politics. Continue Reading

Hungary: votes show nuanced positions among countries and political families

Yesterday, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for a stronger EU response to some of the initiatives carried forward by the Hungarian government. Amongst others, Orban’s policies on migration and the attacks against the Central European University in Budapest are harshly criticised in the report.

An ad-hoc liberal-left wing coalition succeeded to rally a majority to push through a very critical resolution that asks for the launch of the rule of law procedure, which is only activated in case of risks of breaches of fundamental values of the EU. Continue Reading