Future of the EU: which scenarios are the most likely to unfold?

After the publication of the White Paper on the Future of Europe by the European Commission, several heads of governments explicitly came out in supporting one of the 5 directions outlined by the document. French President, Francois Hollande, warned that without a multi-speed Europe, the European Union would explode. On the other hand, the Visegrad group argued against the multi-speed Europe and a Bulgarian MEP recently compared such a perspective to the apartheid. Continue Reading

CAPITALS Circle Group & Vote Watch Europe join forces & announce strategic cooperation in EU & Public Policy Analysis & Intelligence

Berlin based CAPITALS Circle Group (http://www.capitalscirclegroup.com) & Brussels based Think Tank VoteWatch Europe (http://www.votewatch.eu) are very pleased to announce their new strategic cooperation on EU Policy & Public Policy Analysis & Intelligence. The two organizations announced their cooperation on the occasion of the recent CCG Event in Berlin with the topic “Impact + Politics + Prevent + Innovate + Grow. Continue Reading

Who holds the power in the European Parliament? Assessing the influence of individual MEPs

Why are we doing this?

The information regarding who is influential on what in the European Parliament is fundamental to the public, who needs to be aware of the personalities that shape the policies affecting over 500 million citizens. The institutions as a whole, and in this case the EU institutions, take responsibility for their decisions and their implementation. However, in order to strengthen the democratic processes, the citizens also need to know which politicians within the institutions are playing a bigger role in shaping these decisions. Continue Reading