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Winners and losers of EP Plenary April 2018

During the latest plenary session, EU Parliamentarians were busy deciding on the discharge of EU institutions and agencies, but still found the time to vote on key issues regarding the controversial appointment of Martin Selmayr as the new Secretary General of the European Commission.

Additionally, political factions fought over the Monsanto-Bayer merger, the alleged conflicts of interest of EFSA’s (European Food Safety Authority) experts, the introduction of veto powers for national parliaments, binding rules to prevent reckless sovereign lending and borrowing, the latest trialogue compromise on emissions reduction and the options to rescue the troubled Pension Fund for MEPs. 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

VoteWatch Seminar: The Multiannual Financial Framework and Its Politics

An Analytical Look at the Future of the EU Budget

In the next couple of years, the European Institutions and the Member States are going to be busy debating the next Multiannual Financial Framework, ie the financial programming and budgetary discipline of the seven years period between 2021 and 2028.

This is a fundamental political discussion: by defining in which areas the EU should invest, the MFF is an expression of political priorities as much as a budgetary planning tool. 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

Winners and losers of the EP Plenary March 2018

Another plenary session, another special VoteWatch Europe report on the most controversial issues, the oddest voting behavior of EU Parliamentarians (MEPs) and the strangest bedfellows occurred in Strasbourg.

This time around, MEPs took a stance on whether EU countries infringing on the EU fundamental values should face financial consequences, whether new sources of revenue for the EU coffers should be introduced, as well as the controversial introduction of a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base at the EU level. Continue Reading

How could SMEs shape the debate on the future of the European Union?

With the Brexit deadline and the next European elections quickly approaching, the European Union is about to enter a new era (also check: the forecast of over 130 EU experts for the year ahead).

The main European institutions will experience major changes in 2019, with the elections of the new Presidents of the European Commission, the European Council, the European Central Bank, as well as the European Parliament. Continue Reading

What takeaways from the latest Italian political earthquake?

Another major European election, another big earthquake for the (traditional) political establishment. In a historical Italian election, the mainstream parties that have dominated the Italian political life over the last 20 years (i.e. Renzi’s Democratic Party and Berlusconi’s Forza Italia) have been crushed by the 5 Star Movement (an internet-based party founded by a comedian), and the far-right League, whose campaign took inspiration from Donald Trump’s style. Continue Reading