Doru Peter Frantescu, CEO and co-Founder of VoteWatch Europe, was mentioned by a recent Politico report as one of the most influential players in the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Since the first ever Romanian Presidency, which began on January 1st, is expected to cope with a big number of challenges for the EU: Brexit, the approaching European elections and the approval of the next multiannual financial framework, the practitioners mentioned in the report are expected to have a word to say in the “changing and treacherous political and diplomatic landscape” over the next 6 months. Continue Reading
Over the last decade, VoteWatch Europe has become an inexhaustible source of information for several European authors who used our data to anchor their stories in the EU political reality.
After the recent publication of The European Parliament, written by Ariadna Ripoll Servent, another author has used our data for her publication on EU Affairs. Sigrid Melchior, an experienced Brussels-based journalist, brings to the spotlight Reporter’s Guide to the EU, a handbook addressed to professional journalists and students of journalism, published by Routledge in 2017. Continue Reading
VoteWatch Europe is not only the platform most followed by the Members of the European Parliament, but also one of the most reliable news sources for a increasing number of reputed European and world-wide media channels. Since 2009, our verified information has been trusted and included in the prime-time media reports of hundreds of publications, including the BBC, Euronews the Economist, Financial Times, der Spiegel, Le Monde, La Stampa, Deutsche Welle, la Repubblica, CNN, The New York Times, Politico and many others. Continue Reading
A new book on the European Parliament, featuring data from VoteWatch Europe is now available. The book analyses the political dynamic of the European Parliament and looks at how, and how effectively, the parliament translates citizen demands into policies. The publication was written by Ariadna Ripoll Servent, Junior Professor of Political Science at the University of Bamberg. Continue Reading
“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
by Ariadne Kypriadi
MEPs: bridging the gap between the national and the European
It was a typically chilly June afternoon in Brussels when we entered the Parliamentarium, the visitors’ centre of the European Parliament. My companion, an old friend from back home and a member of a national youth party since she was a teenager, examined intently the interactive installations and the walls covered with photos from important moments of the continent’s history. Continue Reading
All political families in the European Parliament agreed on a resolution expressing the concern of the EU over the attacks to the freedom of the press in Turkey following the arrests of journalists and media executives at the end of 2014.
In the resolution, the MEPs stated their doubts over real the independence of the judiciary in the country and their worries as regards increasing intolerance towards political opposition, public protest and critical media in the past few years. Continue Reading
Many analysts are predicting a surge in support for eurosceptics and hardline nationalist parties in May’s EU parliamentary elections. In this edition of The Network Chris Burns and his panel of guests consider the consequences if the predictions are borne out. Continue Reading
Testing an [VoteWatch] app that lets citizens delve into an MEP’s voting history.
MEPs on the campaign trail ahead of next May’s European Parliament elections ought to think twice before they stretch the truth when it comes to their voting record, as a new app from VoteWatch Europe puts MEPs’ entire voting history in their constituents’ hands. Continue Reading
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La France, comme tous les pays d’Europe, s’apprête à élire ses eurodéputés. L’occasion de faire le bilan des sortants en matière de participation aux votes, mais aussi de rapports et déclarations. Pour ce faire, nous avons eu recours aux données de VoteWatch, une ONG qui travaille à établir une comptabilité du travail des parlementaires européens.