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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

Exclusive interview with MEP Damian Boeselager: Conference on the Future of Europe



The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), an exercise of deliberative democracy bringing together citizens and representatives of the EU institutions, is expected to come to an end by spring 2022. After one year of debates and consultations, questions remain regarding what the final outcome will be. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Eleonora Evi: Conference on the Future of Europe

In spring 2021, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) was launched, sparking a series of debates and consultations across the continent with the goal of collecting ideas from citizens and stakeholders to shape the future of the EU.

The European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed on a joint presidency, and each appointed representatives for a common Executive Board. Continue Reading

What does the new German coalition mean for the EU and how EU politics & policies will be influenced?


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

A year’s worth of political analysis from VoteWatch Europe

As we approach the end of 2021, we would like to thank you for joining us this year and we hope you have found our publishings insightful. As we reflect on all that has happened in the world of EU politics in 2021, here is a recap of the data-driven projects and reports that we have produced this year:

New visual tools: which MEPs can help you advance your agenda?

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Exclusive Interview with MEP Alviina Alametsä: EU Foreign and Security Policy

The turmoil surrounding the 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 for such situations is the latest proposal for closer EU coordination in defence. Continue Reading

Special highlights from EU decision making: Covid-19 vaccines, EU Pharmaceutical Strategy, Critical Raw Materials (CRM), EU Trade

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New qualitative insights: stakeholder interviews

VoteWatch Europe reached out to several MEPs to find out more about their opinions regarding different European initiatives. This series of interviews will provide more qualitative insights about the positioning of MEPs and other stakeholders on policy areas such as environment, trade, employment, foreign and security policy etc. Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview with MEP Ramona Strugariu: Corruption, Tax Fraud and Media Freedom in the EU

The Pandora Papers and money laundering cases across the continent have called for increased attention from European institutions. VoteWatch contacted MEP Ramona Strugariu, who is very active on these issues and making efforts to strengthen the EU’s position on the matter. Identified as one of the top bridge builders in the European Parliament by VoteWatch, she also supports the Anti-SLAPP initiative for media freedom. Continue Reading

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