Key take-aways from the vote on von der Leyen – Tough times ahead

Election of the President of the Commission – MEPs greet Ursula VON DER LEYEN the newly elected President of the EC

Photo credit: ©European Union 2019, Source: EP, Marc Dossmann

The extremely small majority by which Ursula von der Leyen passed in the Parliament confirms our forecasts on what we can expect in the next 5 years in EU politics. Here are our key take-aways:

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The practical purpose of keeping a vote secret is so that some parliamentarians can vote against candidates that their party (or European political family) publicly supports or, on the contrary, vote in favour of candidates that their own party (or European political family) publicly opposes. Continue Reading

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Election of the Vice-Presidents of the Parliament- result of the elections of the first ballot

MEPs’ views are shaped primarily by their political families and their nationality (not always in this order). However, in the case of more technical subjects, other key factors influence politicians’ mindset: their own professional and educational background. We have gone through the CVs of all MEPs who took their seat in the new Parliament and this report reveals some of our findings. Continue Reading

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This month is particularly important for the European Union. Starting from the 23rd of May, EU citizens will reach the dedicated polling stations to decide on the composition of the next European Parliament. These elections will impact on the overall direction of the EU and its future decisions on issues that affect all of us (migration, environment, agriculture, social policy, etc.). Continue Reading

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