A new book on the European Parliament, featuring data from VoteWatch Europe is now available. The book analyses the political dynamic of the European Parliament and looks at how, and how effectively, the parliament translates citizen demands into policies. The publication was written by Ariadna Ripoll Servent, Junior Professor of Political Science at the University of Bamberg. Continue Reading
“Because the National Front rejects the European institutions’ legitimacy, it opposes every initiative that gives power to institutions to invest at the local level, even though these proposals are positive for social rights”, VoteWatch Europe’s Director, Doru Frantescu, pointed out during an interview with France 24.
The far-right candidate Marine Le Pen will face the centrist Emmanuel Macron in a run-off for the French Presidency on the 7th May. Continue Reading
by Ariadne Kypriadi
MEPs: bridging the gap between the national and the European
It was a typically chilly June afternoon in Brussels when we entered the Parliamentarium, the visitors’ centre of the European Parliament. My companion, an old friend from back home and a member of a national youth party since she was a teenager, examined intently the interactive installations and the walls covered with photos from important moments of the continent’s history. Continue Reading
All political families in the European Parliament agreed on a resolution expressing the concern of the EU over the attacks to the freedom of the press in Turkey following the arrests of journalists and media executives at the end of 2014.
In the resolution, the MEPs stated their doubts over real the independence of the judiciary in the country and their worries as regards increasing intolerance towards political opposition, public protest and critical media in the past few years. Continue Reading
Many analysts are predicting a surge in support for eurosceptics and hardline nationalist parties in May’s EU parliamentary elections. In this edition of The Network Chris Burns and his panel of guests consider the consequences if the predictions are borne out. Continue Reading
Testing an [VoteWatch] app that lets citizens delve into an MEP’s voting history.
MEPs on the campaign trail ahead of next May’s European Parliament elections ought to think twice before they stretch the truth when it comes to their voting record, as a new app from VoteWatch Europe puts MEPs’ entire voting history in their constituents’ hands. Continue Reading
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La France, comme tous les pays d’Europe, s’apprête à élire ses eurodéputés. L’occasion de faire le bilan des sortants en matière de participation aux votes, mais aussi de rapports et déclarations. Pour ce faire, nous avons eu recours aux données de VoteWatch, une ONG qui travaille à établir une comptabilité du travail des parlementaires européens.