Exclusive Interview with Ms Luisa Santos: EU-UK Trade post-Brexit


The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement was signed in December 2020, and brought into effect in May 2021, as a post-Brexit trade deal. Yet, many questions and challenges remain, such as the Northern Irish protocol and the UK losing its representation at the EU legislative level.

VoteWatch reached out to Ms Luisa Santos, Deputy Director General of BusinessEurope and Chair of BusinessEurope’s EU-UK Task Force to find out more about the future of the EU-UK trade relationship.  Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Mick Wallace: EU Foreign and Security Policy


The recent withdrawal from Afghanistan has re-ignited debate on the future of European defence and the prospect of an “EU Army”. Vice-President Borrell’s suggestion of a rapid reaction force is the latest proposal for closer EU coordination in defence. However, it remains a controversial issue with supporters and detractors across the political spectrum. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Fourlas: EU – Turkey Relations


As the negotiations for Turkey’s EU accession tend to divide the European Parliament and create discussions between the Member States of the European Union, Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention enters into force.

VoteWatch Europe reached out to Loucas Fourlas (EPP) to discuss his views on EU – Turkey relations. The MEP from Cyprus is a part of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee. 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

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: EU Foreign policy, mapping MEPs’ views and influence

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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) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already been used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

By combining (objective) data science with expert insight, we filter out the noise and show the actual positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU foreign policy agenda. Continue Reading

Executive webinar: EU Foreign policy, mapping MEPs’ views and influence

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Thursday 27 May at 10.00-10.30 (Zoom)

This free executive webinar is for senior EU affairs professionals and campaigners of public and private stakeholders who are involved in shaping EU policies aimed at strategic autonomy and relations with international partners.

We will show the actual position and level of influence of key MEPs and how majorities are being built. Continue Reading

MEP Entrepreneur Index

What is this index, how should the results be read?

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) make decisions for us. As it is the case in democracies, they have different views on how the EU’s society and economy should be managed. As the European elections approach, it is a good time to look at the different viewpoints of the MEPs. At VoteWatch Europe, the leading independent non-partisan organisation tracking the voting records in the European institutions, we are creating a variety of tools that help citizens at large and more specific segments of the public understand how their interests and priorities are defended by their representatives. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview: the outlook for EU-Colombia relations in an increasingly divided world

By Carolina Chaparro Alba

The increasingly assertive behavior of the US administration and of other major powers such as Russia and China,  is posing a challenge to the clout of the EU in the world. While also facing the rise of nationalist forces across the European continent, the EU executive branch is becoming more isolated in its promotion of a consensus-driven approach to internal relations. Continue Reading

Survey results: who will lead the EU after 2019?

How will the EU institutions look like after the 2019 reshuffle? This is the question on everyone’s mind in Brussels, but the answers differ based on the information that one has (one’s personal mini-bubble). In order to get an overview of the expectations of the EU affairs community as a whole,  VoteWatch Europe has surveyed more than 1.000 members of the broader ‘EU bubble’ (which also includes national civil servants, whose views are more reflective of the different national perspectives) for their views regarding the reallocation of top EU positions in 2019 (Presidencies of European Commission, European Parliament, European Council and European Central Bank). Continue Reading

Interview: China’s long shadow over EU-Taiwan relations

by Hsiao-Chiang (Jeff) Hsu – Business Development Assistant at VoteWatch Europe

Despite the absence of formal diplomatic relationships with Taiwan, the EU has established solid relations with the first democratic country in East Asia over the past decades. Economic relations between the two partners are particularly close and dynamic: Taiwan is currently the EU’s fourth largest trading partner in Asia and the EU is Taiwan’s fourth largest export market. Continue Reading