Which MEPs are the most supportive of migration, EU enlargement, EU social policy?

A few months into the new EP term, we are already getting a clearer picture as to where different MEPs stand on the most important issues that the EU is dealing with. VoteWatch Europe is keeping track of how each MEP voted on all the issues decided in the European Parliament. We looked closely at all the votes cast so far on 3 of the hottest topics at the moment, namely migration, EU enlargement and employment/social affairs, in order to assess how different political players are positioning themselves. Continue Reading

Update: Top 3 Most Influential Cypriot MEPs (September 2017)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Neoklis Sylikiotis, member of the Progressive Party of Working People, is the most influential Cypriot MEP. Continue Reading

Top 3 most influential Cypriot MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

A member of the Progressive Party of Working People (GUE-NGL), Neokolis Sylikiotis, is the most influential Cypriot MEP in the European Parliament. Continue Reading

Cypriot Elections: what impact on EU’s relations with Turkey and Russia’s influence?

Yesterday, the Cypriot citizens living in the southern part of the island cast their vote to elect the House of Representatives, the legislative institution of Cypriot political system. The two larger parties, the centre right wing Democratic Rally (DISY-EPP) and the far left wing Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL-GUE-NGL) saw their share of votes declining, whereas smaller anti-establishment parties gained more votes (and seats). Continue Reading

Majority in EP supports Turkey’s path, but disagree on key matters

EU Parliamentarians adopted their annual report on Turkey’s progress in the context of the EU accession process. The non-binding text states that the Commission should review the conduct of the EU accession negotiations with Turkey and assess how EU-Turkey relations could be improved.

The resolution was adopted by 432 votes in favour, 94 against and 127 abstentions. The support for the continuation of the negotiations came from the EPP, S&D, ALDE and the Greens/EFA groups. Continue Reading