New feature on VoteWatch.eu: key info on how individual MEPs influence EU policy

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As the lockdown takes its toll on the resources that the EU affairs professionals have available, we are working to help them increase efficiency. 

We are now making available (in an even easier format) information that helps you figure out how to find allies among the politicians: we published examples of key (and sometimes counter-intuitive) cases showing the actual positions of MEPs. Continue Reading

Top analyses by VoteWatch – deep insights into the EU machinery

While political environments are often being described as ‘bubbles’ that are detached from the rest of society, they are far from being immune to the most dramatic international developments. After facing significant disruption due to the wave of terrorist attacks in 2015 – 2016, the EU political life is now sliding towards a standstill due to the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic. 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

What Brussels influencers do wrong and how to fix it

Doru Peter Frantescu is CEO & cofounder of VoteWatch Europe (the most influential platform among MEPs), as well as a member of the European Alliance for Artificial Intelligence.

 

Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman’s excellently showcases in his book Thinking, fast and slow why some people get things wrong most of the time: they rely solely on “fast (un-analytical) thinking”. Continue Reading

Winners and losers of EP Plenary April 2018

During the latest plenary session, EU Parliamentarians were busy deciding on the discharge of EU institutions and agencies, but still found the time to vote on key issues regarding the controversial appointment of Martin Selmayr as the new Secretary General of the European Commission.

Additionally, political factions fought over the Monsanto-Bayer merger, the alleged conflicts of interest of EFSA’s (European Food Safety Authority) experts, the introduction of veto powers for national parliaments, binding rules to prevent reckless sovereign lending and borrowing, the latest trialogue compromise on emissions reduction and the options to rescue the troubled Pension Fund for MEPs. Continue Reading

Why Schulz’s return to Germany is good for the European Union

A President of the European Parliament goes back to national politics. Martin Schulz has spent 22 years in EU politics, being contemporary with events that have torn apart Europe. He experienced the adoption of euro, the failure of the Constitutional Treaty, as well as the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the Greek debt crises, the migration crisis, Brexit and rise of nationalism in Europe. Continue Reading

(Update) What chances for a real European Common Security and Defense Policy?

Note: this analysis, originally published in September, was updated to take into account the latest developments up to 17 November 2016.

Last evening, Doru Frantescu, the Director& cofounder of VoteWatch Europe, delivered an insightful presentation at an event hosted by the Union of European Federalists, where he analysed the chances of building a real European Defense Union.   Continue Reading

Who are the EU Parliamentarians that shape EU’s trade policy?

Key recent developments, such as the blockade of CETA by Wallonia and the triumph of protectionism in American Presidential elections (which is likely to ditch TTIP), highlight the need for those who work on trade to understand how politics affects their side of the business. In order to predict and to prevent blockages, one has to gain a genuine understanding of the actual views of all relevant political factions and the balance of influence between them. Continue Reading

How MEPs can leverage the media to shape the future of Europe

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

Top 3 most influential Slovenian MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members State. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Tanja Fajon, member of the Social Democrats (S&D), is the most influential MEPs from Slovenia. Slovenian MEPs, despite their low number, are the most influential on neighbourhood and enlargement policy (on average), and Fajon is no exception to this rule. Continue Reading