What will the EU27 Governments and the EP Actually Want from Brexit?

The EU and UK have just started negotiating the Brexit deal, but the future status of the EU-UK relations is more uncertain than ever. Theresa May’s bid to increase her majority in the Parliament by calling snap elections backfired. Political uncertainty is shared by continental Europe, as Member States struggle to find a common direction to the future of the Union. Continue Reading

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

Top 3 most influential Irish MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

At the top of our Irish list, we found Mairead McGuinness, who is a member of the centre-right wing Fine Gael (EPP). Continue Reading

Irish elections: a new earthquake coming? Special VoteWatch analysis

Ireland will hold its parliamentary elections on 26 February. Although a small country, its political dynamics are important for the EU as a whole for at least two key reasons. Firstly, it is an indicator of success of the EU-stimulated economic reforms. Secondly, Ireland requires a referendum for any new EU treaty and, as seen in 2008, the result of such a referendum should not be taken for granted. Continue Reading

Irish EU parliamentarians least participative. Croatians and Austrians most present

Just over half a year has passed since the Members of the European Parliament have started their work, following the May 2014 European elections. There are currently 751 Members coming from the 28 EU countries. Each month they gather in the parliament’s plenary to vote on new laws and decide what the EU should do to improve the life of its citizens. The subjects addressed cover a wide range of issues, such as civil liberties, economy, environment, foreign policy and so on. Continue Reading