France: the decline of traditional parties and the rise of internet-based movements

The results of the French elections are yet another historical event in a very short time interval: for the first time since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958, the two major political parties have been voted out of the race in the first round, something inconceivable until recently in a “politically conservative” country like France.

More broadly, the  French elections seem to be confirming a trend that we’re seeing elsewhere, ie. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Europe’s Director, Doru Frantescu, interviewed by France 24 on Marine Le Pen’s voting record

“Because the National Front rejects the European institutions’ legitimacy, it opposes every initiative that gives power to institutions to invest at the local level, even though these proposals are positive for social rights”, VoteWatch Europe’s Director, Doru Frantescu, pointed out during an interview with France 24.

The far-right candidate Marine Le Pen will face the centrist Emmanuel Macron in a run-off for the French Presidency on the 7th May. Continue Reading

Dieselgate: British MEPs decisive on rejecting new EU supervisory agency

Dieselgate proved to be a highly contentious matter when debated in the European Parliament this week. The vote on the report of the special inquiry committee, set up after the accusations that car-maker Volkswagen used software to cheat diesel pollution controls, has revealed the variety of views among the EU decision-makers on the matter.

The report, ultimately approved by a majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), makes some concrete proposals, such as the simplification of air quality legislation at the European Union level, tighter surveillance controls, and the financial compensation of European car buyers. Continue Reading

How will the new French President impact on EU’s future? (Report)

The two major traditional political families that have structured French politics in the past few decades are in their death throes. Neither the Socialist Party (social-democratic) nor the Republicans party (centre-right) are assured of being in the run-off. This development generates high unpredictability with regard to the policies of the next French government, at a time of deep distress for the EU. Continue Reading

MEPs’ deck of cards: who are the most influential ones?

A couple of weeks ago, VoteWatch Europe published an assessment of the most influential MEPs, which was based on a set of criteria weighted by more than 200 experts in EU Affairs. Drawing on that research, we designed a set of cards in order to highlight which are the most influential MEPs by activity. In fact, MEPs are influential in different ways and sometimes it might be very tricky to draw a comparison between their activities. Continue Reading