How will the Austrian presidential elections influence EU’s (migration) policy and TTIP?

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Austrians will vote for a new President on April 24. The race is very tight, as the migration crisis is substantially impacting on the national political landscape. A victory of a candidate from outside the current grand-coalition would seriously undermine the governmental policies. The nationalist anti-immigration and anti-EU FPÖ is on the rise and pushes hard to be part of a future government. Continue Reading

The EU Parliamentarians of which country are most present in votes?

The influence in the European politics is determined by many factors, some of which are less transparent or very hard to measure objectively. But one of them that can be quantified objectively is the participation in the votes in the European Parliament. At the end of the day, the EU legislation has to pass through the EP plenary and, as in any democratic decision-making mechanism, the decisions are made by a vote. Continue Reading

The British Government’s minority report: UK opposes most frequently in EU Council votes, especially on budget, agriculture and foreign policy

As the UK General Elections are getting close and the EU-UK relations are one of the main topics of the electoral campaign, we looked into the decisions of the Council to see, factually, what exactly divides the UK and the other Member States and to what extent this impacts on EU policy making. Continue Reading

Irish EU parliamentarians least participative. Croatians and Austrians most present

Just over half a year has passed since the Members of the European Parliament have started their work, following the May 2014 European elections. There are currently 751 Members coming from the 28 EU countries. Each month they gather in the parliament’s plenary to vote on new laws and decide what the EU should do to improve the life of its citizens. The subjects addressed cover a wide range of issues, such as civil liberties, economy, environment, foreign policy and so on. Continue Reading