Scenarios: implications of the new Fidesz-PiS-Lega alliance

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The result of the current negotiations for a new political alliance will tell us whether what we are witnessing is geographical clustering (a sign of a rift between “richer” North-Western EU on the one hand and the South and East on the other), or if it’s a broader regrouping of the nationalists across the EU into the main opposition force in the European Parliament. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: Directory by policy area

This is a directory of the currently available influence matrices (which are explained in-depth here). Our new analytical tools will help you identify the kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs, as well as show you how to forecast the outcome and build majorities that would support your priorities.

Use this analytical tool to spot a) how influential MEPs are in a given policy area and b) in which direction each MEP is pulling EU legislation. Continue Reading

Bad mapping of the Parliament: a recipe for disaster

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More often than not, influencers are taken by surprise when the European Parliament goes against their positions and those of the Commission or the Council. As the Parliament becomes more influential, this occurrence becomes ever more frequent. In this analysis we look at one key reason why this happens: most MEPs do not belong to (leading) governing parties, hence they have extra incentive to go against their governments’ position.  Continue Reading

Impact of EPP-Fidesz divorce to be bigger than expected

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It is hard to overestimate the impact of Fidesz’s choice to leave the EPP group in the European Parliament. In addition to the obvious changes in the balance of power in the EU institutions and the related policy implications, the broader geopolitical dynamics should not be neglected. Concretely, while the departure of Orban’s MEPs facilitates closer cooperation between EPP, Macron’s group and the Social-Democrats, it also deepens the geographical divides between the North-Western EU and (part of) “new Europe”, providing fertile ground for the increasing influence of non-EU players in the EU’s backyard. Continue Reading

Maastricht University joins our selective group of users of advanced EU political analytics!

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VoteWatch Europe is pleased to announce that the University of Maastricht has recently joined our PREMIUM community, taking its place alongside many other top-tier academic institutions that benefit from our advanced analytics, such as KU Leuven, Pompeu Fabra University and many others.  Continue Reading

The right to disconnect: Winners and losers of the EP decisions

During the latest plenary session, a strong majority of MEPs called on the Commission to legislate on the right to disconnect. However, while there does seem to be broad support across EU political families for such an initiative, a deeper analysis reveals significant divisions within the EPP and Renew Europe groups, in particular with regards to MEPs from North-Western Europe, and especially among Swedish, Dutch and Danish. Continue Reading

VoteWatch report: How did Italian MEPs vote on taxation issues ?

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The latest report by VoteWatch Europe investigates the level of political support for fiscal initiatives at the EU level, with a special focus on Italian MEPs. In particular, we looked at the behaviour of Italian MEPs on 10 key taxation issues. This research was commissioned by the Italian Labour Union (UIL) and it is also available in Italian. Continue Reading

Uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 7: Health policy

This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This advanced tool is already been used by strategists that work with key stakeholders to shape EU policy-making. 

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, we show the positions of each MEP on key parts of European health initiatives and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities.  Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: Uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 6: Digital policy

This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already been used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making. 

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA) and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities.  Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: Uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 5: Social policy

This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already been used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU social policy agenda and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading