Executive webinar: Germany’s new political landscape and its impact on the EU


27th September 2021 10:00-11:00 AM CET (Zoom)

The morning after the German elections, join our free webinar for senior EU affairs professionals to discuss the electoral outcome, the most likely coalitions, as well as the future implications for EU policy initiatives on different sectors, including digital, the environment, trade, taxation and foreign policy. Continue Reading

German Elections: Who might soon govern the country and what it would mean for the EU


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

German elections: How could a Green government reshape Berlin’s policies?

Annalena Baerbock (Chairwoman of Alliance 90 / the Greens, Berlin) Foto: Stephan Röhl

For the first time in their 31-year-old history, the German Greens have nominated a candidate for chancellorship for the upcoming national election in autumn this year. As it stands, the participation of the Greens in the next government is becoming ever more likely. This, combined with the end of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship, is expected to have a substantial impact on the way Germany will behave on the European and international stage. Continue Reading

Influence Index 2020: Most Influential German MEPs

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 27 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons check out the full study.

The analysis uses data and insights from the one-year period up to August 2020. There have since been some changes in European parliamentary seats and leadership positions.  Continue Reading

Brexit: the power of data predictions

As the United Kingdom’s withdrawal agreement was supported by an overwhelming 91% of European parliamentarians, the UK will formally leave the European Union as the clock strikes midnight on the 31st of January.

For the past 10 years, VoteWatch has kept the record of how the EU governments make decisions in Brussels. As we indicated on other occasions, an expert look at the data can help you understand the trends and forecast the political future. Continue Reading

Balance of power in EC top management shows geographical divides

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Despite the rocky start of the Parliamentary vetting process, the new College of Commissioners led by Ursula von der Leyen is still expected to take office before the end of the year. While often sneered as ‘faceless Eurocrats’ by its staunchest critics, the College of Commissioners is mostly composed of career politicians whose task is to provide political impetus to the powerful executive machine of the EU, which is currently made up of about 30.000 civil servants.  Continue Reading

Concentration of nationalities in key EP committees reveals agendas

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*This is the second part of a series covering the political changes within EP Committees. Click here to read the first part

The composition of EP committees aims to mirror the balance of power among political factions in the European Parliament as a whole. However, the same proportional distribution is not applied with regards to the representation of different national groups, which allows more freedom to MEPs. Continue Reading

Survey results: who will lead the EU after 2019?

How will the EU institutions look like after the 2019 reshuffle? This is the question on everyone’s mind in Brussels, but the answers differ based on the information that one has (one’s personal mini-bubble). In order to get an overview of the expectations of the EU affairs community as a whole,  VoteWatch Europe has surveyed more than 1.000 members of the broader ‘EU bubble’ (which also includes national civil servants, whose views are more reflective of the different national perspectives) for their views regarding the reallocation of top EU positions in 2019 (Presidencies of European Commission, European Parliament, European Council and European Central Bank). Continue Reading

German political crisis: what next?

The recent breakdown of the negotiations for a new coalition in Germany took many stakeholders by surprise. As our pre-elections report published in June had already predicted, putting together a coalition between the Christian Democrats, the Liberals and the Greens is a painstaking operation. The abrupt end of the preliminary talks showed that there are still limitations to political engineering, as the positions of the Greens on most issues are still too far from the ones of their potential coalition partners. Continue Reading

Update: Top 10 Most Influential German 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.

Manfred Weber, member of the Christian Social Union (EPP) is the most influential German MEP on our list. Continue Reading