On September 26, Germany is electing a new government. With the election day less than a month away, the race to replace Angela Merkel and – potentially – her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has not been lacking in surprises.
In the fragmented contemporary German political landscape, it currently seems mathematically unlikely that a two-way alliance will be able to achieve an absolute majority in parliament. Continue Reading
After the publication of the White Paper on the Future of Europe by the European Commission, several heads of governments explicitly came out in supporting one of the 5 directions outlined by the document. French President, Francois Hollande, warned that without a multi-speed Europe, the European Union would explode. On the other hand, the Visegrad group argued against the multi-speed Europe and a Bulgarian MEP recently compared such a perspective to the apartheid. Continue Reading
Berlin based CAPITALS Circle Group (http://www.capitalscirclegroup.com) & Brussels based Think Tank VoteWatch Europe (http://www.votewatch.eu) are very pleased to announce their new strategic cooperation on EU Policy & Public Policy Analysis & Intelligence. The two organizations announced their cooperation on the occasion of the recent CCG Event in Berlin with the topic “Impact + Politics + Prevent + Innovate + Grow. Continue Reading
Why are we doing this?
The information regarding who is influential on what in the European Parliament is fundamental to the public, who needs to be aware of the personalities that shape the policies affecting over 500 million citizens. The institutions as a whole, and in this case the EU institutions, take responsibility for their decisions and their implementation. However, in order to strengthen the democratic processes, the citizens also need to know which politicians within the institutions are playing a bigger role in shaping these decisions. Continue Reading