Lacking real influence, fringe groups use alternative tools to increase visibility in the EP

The impression of the centrist grand governing coalition  vs. opposition at the fringes is increased even more by the way these smaller groups use alternative tools to hold EU institutions accountable, while at the same time gain visibility: the GUE-NGL, EFDD and non-attached MEPs draft substantially more written statements and parliamentary questions than centrist MEPs.

This may come as a reaction to the low capacity of directly influencing decisions by votes and amendments, where one needs a political majority in order to pass proposals. On the other hand, submitting statements and parliamentary questions can be done by individual Members alone in an unlimited manner, which allows the Member the ability to put political pressure on the institutions, particularly if these statements are well-communicated to the public.


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