Exclusive interview with Faruk Kaymakcı: the future of EU-Turkey relations

 

VoteWatch Europe reached out to Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs, to discuss his views on the latest developments concerning EU – Turkey relations and the outlook for the partnership. Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview with MEP Barry Andrews: EU-UK relations – Northern Ireland Protocol


The Northern Ireland Protocol has become a significant sticking point in EU-UK relations post-Brexit, being pulled back into the spotlight after calls by the UK for the Protocol to be renegotiated and threats of triggering Article 16 to suspend it entirely. Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview with MEP Pedro Marques: EU-Lebanon Relations and the Future of the EU


Within the last two years, Lebanon has undergone one of the most dramatic and swift crises ever seen in terms of its economic, financial and political situation. VoteWatch reached out to MEP Pedro Marques, S&D vice-president on foreign affairs after he headed a mission of an S&D delegation to Lebanon as part of their ongoing commitment to social and economic recovery within the country. Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview with MEP David McAllister: Northern Ireland Protocol


The Northern Ireland Protocol has become a significant sticking point in EU-UK relations post-Brexit, being pulled back into the spotlight after calls by the UK for the Protocol to be renegotiated and threats of triggering Article 16 to suspend it entirely. 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

Exclusive Interview with MEP Søren Gade: EU – India Relations

 

 


In light of the recent revival of negotiations between the European Union and India regarding closer trade relations, cooperation on climate has proven to be a solid ground for new developments. With The EU being India’s third largest trade partner, there is notably an opportunity to promote more sustainable trade practices between both parties. Continue Reading

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 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: 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