Which MEPs are the most supportive of migration, EU enlargement, EU social policy?

A few months into the new EP term, we are already getting a clearer picture as to where different MEPs stand on the most important issues that the EU is dealing with. VoteWatch Europe is keeping track of how each MEP voted on all the issues decided in the European Parliament. We looked closely at all the votes cast so far on 3 of the hottest topics at the moment, namely migration, EU enlargement and employment/social affairs, in order to assess how different political players are positioning themselves. Continue Reading

New leaders of the EP: who are the winners and losers from the allocation of top posts?

Conference of Presidents – © European Union 2019 – Source : EP

After long-winded post-electoral negotiations, the puzzle of the new EU leadership is almost complete. Despite the efforts to ensure geographical and political balance, there are some clear winners and losers from the distribution of key leadership positions, as is usually the case in politics. Continue Reading

Update: Top 5 Most Influential Portuguese 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.

José Manuel Fernandes, member of the Social Democratic Party (EPP), tops the list of the most influential Portuguese MEPs. Continue Reading

Top 5 most influential Portuguese 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 States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

José Manuel Fernandes, member of the Social Democratic Party, is the most influential Portuguese MEP according to our assessment. Continue Reading

What is the new leftist Portuguese government likely to do?

by Doru P. Frantescu, director & co-founder of VoteWatch Europe

After the toppling of the center-right Portuguese government on Tuesday (10 November), just 11 days after it had taken office, an unusual coalition of the socialists and communists is likely to form the new government, under the leadership of Antonio Costa.

Commentators across Europe have pointed out that the new government might take a position against the EU, which it sees as one of the promoters of austerity, an ideology both the communists and the socialists have been very vocal against during the electoral campaign. Continue Reading