As the President of the European Commission is about to deliver his last State of the Union speech before the European elections, we are delivering our own State of the Union research based on our big data on the political developments in the EU institutions.
As the elections are getting closer, we decided to provide you with an overview of the main trends that we have observed over the last four years. Continue Reading
The purpose of this joint study of VoteWatch and Policy Solutions is to examine the voting patterns of Hungarian Members of the European Parliament in order to figure out whether Hungarian political parties have the same positions on key issues in both Brussels and Budapest.
For this reason, we explored how Hungarian MEPs voted in the European Parliament using VoteWatch.eu and compared it to their respective national party’s position by using Policy Solutions. Continue Reading
There is a lot of uncertainty about how Brexit will impact on the current EU initiatives and its highest level politicians. Various officials are trying to spin the narrative so that they can leverage Brexit to back their agendas. But will this work? How will Brexit actually influence the commitments to the EU integration of the remaining Member States? How will it affect TTIP negotiations, the REFIT, digital single market, or the relations with Russia and China? Continue Reading
Over the last few days the information market has been flooded with speculations on how the EU leaders will move next. We have measured the current political support for initiatives such as deeper integration of continental Europe, Northern Ireland’s and Scotland’s EU membership and Juncker’s continuation as Commission president. This is what we found. Continue Reading
Every year, the European Commission adopts a plan of action for the next twelve months. The Work Programme is prepared in dialogue with the European Parliament and with the European Council.
In the year 2015 the Work Programme has set its focus on a series of proposals and existing legislation, which will be reviewed for the benefit of Europe’s citizens and entrepreneurs. The EU’s regulations play a key role in creating growth and jobs, which is the Juncker Commission’s top priority. While all political forces support this objective in principle, the key challenge is how exactly to achieve it, through more or less regulation? The new EU Executive believes that the answer is to keep EU legislation simple – not to go beyond what is necessary to achieve policy goals and to avoid overlapping layers of regulation. Continue Reading
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As this vote has just shown, the European Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, will have a hard time building majorities in the European Parliament: the EU legislative was unable to reach a common position with regard to the plans put forward by the Executive for 2015.
In a dramatic display of power play, the political groups voted down each other’s proposals one by one. Continue Reading
23 October 2014
A dissident group of 32 MEPs amongst the Socialists & Democrats group in the European Parliament didn’t support Jean-Claude Juncker’s new Commission, according to data by Votewatch Europe.
Jean-Claude Juncker’s new Commission won the support of the European Parliament yesterday (22 October) with 423 votes in favour, 209 against, and 67 abstentions. Continue Reading
The European Parliament elected today the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker.
The decision passed by 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The winning majority was composed of the EPP, S&D (with the Spanish delegation abstaining) and ALDE groups. GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups voted against while the ECR group, who gave the instruction to abstain, was split. Continue Reading