VoteWatch Analytical Tool: Directory by policy area


This is a directory of the currently available influence matrices (which are explained in-depth here). Our new analytical tools will help you identify the kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs, as well as show you how to forecast the outcome and build majorities that would support your priorities.

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU agenda and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities.Use this analytical tool to spot:

a) how influential MEPs are in a given policy area (vertical axis). Continue Reading

Special report: how will the Council look like next year, and what implications will it bring for EU policies?


As we are approaching the mid-term of the von der Leyen Commission, and ahead of the Parliament reshuffle, VoteWatch takes a closer look at the changes in the Council over the past 2 and half years and their likely impact on the main upcoming legislative proposals. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Damian Boeselager: Conference on the Future of Europe

 

 


The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), an exercise of deliberative democracy bringing together citizens and representatives of the EU institutions, is expected to come to an end by spring 2022. After one year of debates and consultations, questions remain regarding what the final outcome will be. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Eleonora Evi: Conference on the Future of Europe


In spring 2021, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) was launched, sparking a series of debates and consultations across the continent with the goal of collecting ideas from citizens and stakeholders to shape the future of the EU.

The European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed on a joint presidency, and each appointed representatives for a common Executive Board. Continue Reading

What does the new German coalition mean for the EU and how EU politics & policies will be influenced?


By

Yannis Salavopoulos, MBA, MSc.

Managing Director, CAPITALS Circle Group (Berlin) & University Lecturer (Berlin)

Unlike the previous coalition negotiations in Germany, which lasted a long time, this time the new government coalition formed by SPD, the Greens and FDP, the so-called Traffic Light or Ampel in German (from the colours of the three parties) took place unexpectedly faster. Continue Reading

Influence Index 2021: Top 100 most politically influential MEPs


This analysis is part of the Influence Index: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the only MEP ranking to measure influence through two crucial dimensions, namely:

– Political influence: the ability to change legislation, win votes, and shape debates;

– Social influence: the ability to reach people, shift the public conversation, and build a community of support. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 5.1. Labour policy


This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here). This tool allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already being used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU push towards more regulation on labour and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading

Analysis: who are the best bridge builders in the ENVI Committee?


MEPs tend to draft amendments in teams, in order to extend their sphere of influence and increase the chances of their amendments becoming part of the final report. Developing good relations with MEPs from other countries and political groups helps them substantially increase their leverage: for example, an amendment that is co-signed/supported by MEPs from different countries who are affiliated to EPP, S&D and Renew Europe stands much bigger chances of being adopted compared to an amendment drafted by MEPs belonging to the same national or political group. Continue Reading

Executive webinar: Germany’s new political landscape and its impact on the EU


27th September 2021 10:00-11:00 AM CET (Zoom)

The morning after the German elections, join our free webinar for senior EU affairs professionals to discuss the electoral outcome, the most likely coalitions, as well as the future implications for EU policy initiatives on different sectors, including digital, the environment, trade, taxation and foreign policy. Continue Reading

Executive webinar: mapping MEPs cross-group connections in the ENVI Committee


23 September 2021 at 10:00 (Zoom)

MEPs tend to draft amendments in teams, in order to extend their sphere of influence and increase the chances of their amendments becoming part of the final report. Some MEPs are real masters at developing good relations with MEPs from other countries and political groups, which helps them substantially increase their leverage.

In this presentation we will show you which MEPs are the best bridge builders, and are therefore more likely to successfully pass amendments (at the Committee level and in Plenary). Continue Reading