EU Parliamentarians from Southern Europe want more attention

Interesting overview of some of the habits of the Members of the European Parliament: a clear North-South divide is revealed when we look into who uses speeches and statements to get more attention. However, speaking is one thing, doing is another. This is why we are working on a comprehensive analysis assessing the actual influence of MEPs that takes into account all the facts and figures – stay tuned for updates! Continue Reading

Lacking real influence, fringe groups use alternative tools to increase visibility in the EP

The impression of the centrist grand governing coalition  vs. opposition at the fringes is increased even more by the way these smaller groups use alternative tools to hold EU institutions accountable, while at the same time gain visibility: the GUE-NGL, EFDD and non-attached MEPs draft substantially more written statements and parliamentary questions than centrist MEPs. Continue Reading