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Lacking real influence, fringe groups use alternative tools to increase visibility in the EP

GUE-NGL, EFDD and non-attached MEPs draft substantially more written statements and parliamentary questions than centrist MEPs, probably as a way to compensate for the lack of real influence on EP decision-making.

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European People’s Party (EPP) is the most united political family in the new European Parliament term

The largest European political group, the EPP, is proving much better at mobilising its members in this first part of the parliamentary term, and as a result it continues to be the group who has won most votes. All of this despite substantial losses in the May 2014 elections.

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Greens/EFA Members are the most participative in European Parliament votes

Interestingly, the non-attached MEPs have become much more participative in votes after the elections: their participation score has gone up from 77% to 89%. Overall, MEPs are more interested in taking part in EP votes than in previous terms.

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The make-up and break-up of the ‘EU governing coalition’ ?

Had there not been the vote in January 2015, when the political groups found it impossible to reach consensus on the Commission’s working plan for the current year, we could have concluded that a (super) grand coalition is alive and well.

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Juncker vote reveals Socialist divisions in Parliament

A dissident group of 32 MEPs amongst the Socialists & Democrats group in the European
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Will eurosceptics force a new political reality on Europe?

Euronews – The Network (Debate featuring Doru Frantescu, Director of VoteWatch Europe)  
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Europarlamento, Italia brilla per assenteismo alle votazioni

News report about the participation rate of Italian MEPs to roll-call votes, using VoteWatch Europe
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