Survey results: how does Brexit impact on EU initiatives and politicians?

There is a lot of uncertainty about how Brexit will impact on the current EU initiatives and its highest level politicians. Various officials are trying to spin the narrative so that they can leverage Brexit to back their agendas. But will this work? How will Brexit actually influence the commitments to the EU integration of the remaining Member States? How will it affect TTIP negotiations, the REFIT, digital single market, or the relations with Russia and China? Continue Reading

Survey results: S&D group and EP president seen as instrumental in postponing TTIP vote

VoteWatch conducted a swift survey following the postponement of the vote on TTIP, which was scheduled to take place on 10 June. We wanted to see what various publics make out of the whole range of speculations on who were the decisive political players that led to this development. Over 200 people answered our questions via our website and social media networks. Here is what we found:

42% of the people answering the survey were of the opinion that the S&D group was decisive for the postponement of the vote. 32% said that the EP President, Martin Schulz, was the key factor in this development, while 20% thought this was EPP (more than one answer per respondent was allowed).

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Which EU political family is the most united in the European Parliament ?

Background: there are 7 political families in the European Parliament. Individual Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sit not according to nationality, but join political families according to their own ideology. Then, for most of the time, they vote according the position decided within the group. Some groups are more united when the votes are about civil liberties, others are more disciplined when voting on economic affairs. Continue Reading

The parliamentarians of which EU political family are most participative (in votes) ?

There are 7 political families in the European Parliament. Individual Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sit not according to nationality, but join political families according to their own ideology.

Some MEPs participate in votes more often than others.

Tell us which group do you think has the parliamentarians who participate, on average, most frequently in votes in the EP plenary ? Continue Reading

Which EU political family is the most powerful ?

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There are 7 political families in the European Parliament. Individual Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sit not according to nationality, but join political families according to their own ideology. Then, for most of the time, they vote according the position decided within the group.

Tell us which group do you think is currently the most powerful in the EU Parliament ? Continue Reading