Comparing the positions of the Hungarian Government and Hungarian parties in the EP on symbolic European issues

Executive Summary

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

MEPs call for a holistic approach to migration in the EU

On Tuesday 12th April, a majority of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved a non-binding resolution on a holistic approach to migration in the EU.

The text, drafted by Kashetu Kyenge (S&D) and Roberta Metsola (EPP), was adopted by 459 votes in favour, 206 against and 52 abstentions. The two larger groups, the Christian-Democrats and the Socialists, as well as a majority of the Greens and ALDE members, voted in favour of the report. Continue Reading

Last European Council summit of 2015: what’s on the agenda, who will take part and what is their power?

A very important European Council meeting will take place at the end of the week. This is the first EU Council after the tragic Paris terrorist attacks of 13 November and Member States representatives will discuss, among others, the counter-terrorism strategy, combating the financing of terrorism, preventing the radicalisation and information exchange.

Similarly, the EU leaders will discuss the refugee crisis, including migrants’ relocation, hotspots and security of the EU’s external borders. Continue Reading

Majority of EU Parliamentarians endorse the relocation of an additional 120,000 asylum seekers. Conservatives, Far-right and UKIP oppose

EU Parliamentarians endorsed an emergency proposal to relocate 120.000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece and Hungary to other EU Member States. This EU Commission proposal was published on 9 September to respond to the unprecedented arrival of refugees and migrants at EU’s borders.

The text was adopted by 370 votes in favour, 134 against and 52 abstentions. This time again, the majority supporting the proposal included the socialist group S&D, the radical left group GUE/NGL and the group of the Greens together with the Christian-Democrats (EPP group) and the Liberal and Democrat members (ALDE group). The Conservatives of the ECR group opposed it alongside the far-right group of Marine Le Pen (ENF) and the British members of the EFDD group.

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