Turkey’s Accession to the EU: VoteWatch analysis on eleven years of voting on accession negotiations with Turkey

by Michael Kaeding[1] and Felix Schenuit

The political situation between Turkey and the EU is getting increasingly delicate. Recent developments, including Erdogan’s clear-cut reactions towards the resolution of the German Bundestag on the Armenian Genocide or the “Böhmermann affair” illustrate how big the differences are between Turkey and EU’s Member States. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Europe supports ESOMAR’s open-letter calling for more evidence-based policy making

VoteWatch Europe, together with other 7 associations, supports the call by ESOMAR for the establishment of a fully cross-party expert group composed of academics, experts from research and civil society organisations, and representatives of the EU institutions, to look at the causes of the outcome of the Brexit referendum. ESOMAR is a world organization promoting the value of market and opinion research in effective decision-making. Continue Reading

US elections 2016: surprising victory for Trump in Nevada

Nevada, United States – Last night, precincts in Nevada finished counting their votes with a surprising revelation, Donald Trump has won the Nevada Caucus. What seemed to be a farfetched idea has suddenly started to become a reality. Donald J. Trump is quickly sweeping the Republican field. Winning nearly twice as many votes as Marco Rubio, the real estate billionaire is winning in states that experts predicted him losing in or, at the very least, winning by a thin margin. Continue Reading

Iowa, a Small but Major Step Towards the White House

Iowa, United States – Americans have just received news from the first major caucus on the road to Election Day in November. People have been anxiously awaiting these results due to it being a major milestone in the race.

Here is what was learned last night. Ted Cruz finally knocked down Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump. Cruz came in at 28% support while Trump came in at 24%. This marks the first time another Republican candidate has overtaken Trump significantly. Marco Rubio came in third place with about 23% support. Trump no longer has the significant lead on the rest of the candidates that he thought he had. His attacks on other candidates may increase in strength now that he sees them as a threat. He began attacking Cruz for being a Canadian-born American recently because he was beginning to gain a lot of support.

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EU parliament’s biggest parties vote together

VoteWatch Europe recent research is being used in this Financial Times report:

11 March 2015

There cannot be many legislatures in Europe where the largest political party and the second largest party are rivals, yet vote the same way 80 per cent of the time. Since last May’s European Parliament elections, the EU assembly has turned into just such a place.

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Establishment of single EU Telecoms market seen as the key for Europe’s Rennaissance

The Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament believes that a single market for electronic communications is a key tool for creating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. According to specialised studies[1] in e-commerce, EU citizens could save around 60 billion EUR a year as a result of lower prices in telecoms and 95 billion EUR as a result of having more choices. A single market for electronic communications would also increase consumer choices, quality of service and contribute to territorial and social cohesion, as well facilitate overall mobility across the EU. Continue Reading