What Brussels influencers do wrong and how to fix it

Doru Peter Frantescu is CEO & cofounder of VoteWatch Europe (the most influential platform among MEPs), as well as a member of the European Alliance for Artificial Intelligence.

 

Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman’s excellently showcases in his book Thinking, fast and slow why some people get things wrong most of the time: they rely solely on “fast (un-analytical) thinking”. Continue Reading

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

Why Schulz’s return to Germany is good for the European Union

A President of the European Parliament goes back to national politics. Martin Schulz has spent 22 years in EU politics, being contemporary with events that have torn apart Europe. He experienced the adoption of euro, the failure of the Constitutional Treaty, as well as the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the Greek debt crises, the migration crisis, Brexit and rise of nationalism in Europe. Continue Reading

(Update) What chances for a real European Common Security and Defense Policy?

Note: this analysis, originally published in September, was updated to take into account the latest developments up to 17 November 2016.

Last evening, Doru Frantescu, the Director& cofounder of VoteWatch Europe, delivered an insightful presentation at an event hosted by the Union of European Federalists, where he analysed the chances of building a real European Defense Union.   Continue Reading

Who are the EU Parliamentarians that shape EU’s trade policy?

Key recent developments, such as the blockade of CETA by Wallonia and the triumph of protectionism in American Presidential elections (which is likely to ditch TTIP), highlight the need for those who work on trade to understand how politics affects their side of the business. In order to predict and to prevent blockages, one has to gain a genuine understanding of the actual views of all relevant political factions and the balance of influence between them. Continue Reading

How MEPs can leverage the media to shape the future of Europe

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

Top 3 most influential Slovenian 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 State. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Tanja Fajon, member of the Social Democrats (S&D), is the most influential MEPs from Slovenia. Slovenian MEPs, despite their low number, are the most influential on neighbourhood and enlargement policy (on average), and Fajon is no exception to this rule. Continue Reading

Top 3 most influential Luxembourgish 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.

A member of the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party, Mady Delvaux (S&D), is the most influential Luxembourgish MEP in the EP. Continue Reading

Top 3 most influential Slovakian 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.

Anna Záborská  is the most influential Slovak in the EP. She is a doctor, although she started her political career already in 1999. Continue Reading

Top 3 most influential Finnish 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.

Petri Sarvamaa is the most influential Finnish MEP over the first half of this 8th term.  He has an atypical background: he worked as a freelance sport reporter and was the international coordinator and foreign editor of a TV channel: YLE TV news. Continue Reading