Two-speed Europe: EU politicians split over the strengthening of the Eurozone

The proponents and opponents of strengthening the Eurozone measured their forces during a series of votes that took place this week in the European Parliament on documents that set out the future of the European Union. This report maps the positions of the political forces across the continent, showing who backs and who opposes a two-speed Europe and the pooling together of financial resources. Continue Reading

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– Cohesion of (trans-national) political groups in the European Parliament (by policy area/ by time period)

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– Nominal power vs. actual power of political groups in the European Parliament (by policy area/ by time period)

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– Coalitions: “One-on-one combinations” (by policy area/ by time period)

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– Coalitions: “Multiple combinations” (by policy area/ by time period)

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1) Is there a way to export how all governments/MEPs voted for all the resolutions in the database? I can only export the vote outcomes individually.

 We do not provide raw data in such an extensive format. However, we can provide you with narrower sets if there are any particular stats that interest you. We can also calculate them for you (cohesion, matching rates etc…) but your request has to be specific. Continue Reading

Simulation: how can Tajani, Pittella or Verhofstadt become EP President?

The race for EP Presidency seems more open than usual with no clear winner in sight. If no “grand coalition” agreement will be reached beforehand, each MEP will cast his/her vote for one of the announced candidates.

To feed the interest in the race as a whole and the debate that will take place on Wednesday, we have made an in-depth simulation to find out who is the preferred candidate of each MEP. Continue Reading

Anti-euro Italian opposition party to join ALDE?

 

On Sunday morning, Beppe Grillo, the leader of the main Italian opposition party, the 5 Star Movement, made a shock announcement, indicating that he intends to join the European liberal family, ALDE. If that were to happen, the 5 Star Movement would become the dominating force in the ALDE group in the European Parliament, currently headed by the staunch federalist Guy Verhofstadt.   Continue Reading

Germany in 2017: how would a CDU-Greens-FDP government change Berlin’s policies?

At a time when Europe can count less on the US and the UK, Germany becomes more important than ever in determining the future of Europe, reason for which the entire continent now has a huge stake in Berlin’s future policy orientations. After an incredible 11 continuous years in government, Merkel’s CDU is poised to win yet another round of elections in September 2017. Continue Reading

Who is the favourite to become the next President of the European Parliament?

On Tuesday 13th, the EPP group elected its candidate for replacing Schulz at the helm of the European Parliament. A prominent member of Forza Italia, Antonio Tajani, received the mandate to run for the Presidency, after his candidature collected more votes than the other three contestants (Peterle, Lamassoure and McGuinness). On the 17th January, Tajani will have to face off the candidates presented by the other political groups. Continue Reading

Who are the most influential MEPs on energy policy?

The European Commission has just launched its new legislative (Winter) package that will substantially reform the energy market of the European Union. However, in order for these ideas to be transposed into actual EU law, they must first pass through the democratic filter of the European Parliament and the Council. This analysis looks into who are the Members of the European Parliament that are currently exerting the greatest influence on energy-related issues and who are likely to be the spearheads in shaping the newly released dossiers. Continue Reading

Résoudre le « déficit cognitif » pour résoudre le déficit démocratique

Premier prix du concours organisé par Eyes on Europe et ses partenaires, Jonathan Dehoust explore les solutions pour promouvoir la participation de la jeunesse au sein du processus décisionnel européen et, par là même, réconcilier l’Europe avec ses jeunes citoyens.

Si la Belgique est d’une grande complexité institutionnelle avec ses multiples Réformes de l’État – l’épisode Wallonie vs. Continue Reading

Why the anti-establishment tsunami strikes in Italy and what to do next

Mainstream parties seem to make one miscalculation after another, always underestimating the risk of political turmoil in several of our countries. Renzi had to resign, plunging Italy into uncertainty and thus adding weight to the centrifugal spinning that has already pushed away the UK, Greece, Poland or Hungary. France and the Netherlands are not far behind, as nationalists are topping the polls ahead of key elections in spring next year. Continue Reading