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January 4, 2017
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If you think that 2016 was a dynamic year politically-wise, wait until you see the new year unfolding. The changes that will take place in the US and Europe will gradually reshape the currents of opinion globally and hence the patterns of international relations. Geo-political realignments will affect world governance, trade, businesses, economies and societies. […]

November 7, 2016
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This commentary is written on the flight back to Brussels from Washington DC with just a day to go before the start of the vote on the most controversial American presidential elections ever. Over the past week, I have talked to relevant American experts and European professionals based in the US. I have also exchanged views […]

September 29, 2016
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Over the past few weeks, calls for more integration and coordination in EU Defense policy were elevated from several powerhouses. But what are the real chances of this project? This report measures the level of support from political forces across the EU, the balance of power between them and shows who are the allies of […]

September 19, 2016
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Which members of the European Parliament – MEPs – are the most in favour of free trade and which, to the contrary, are the most opposed to it? Not necessarily those you might think, our latest VoteWatch Europe study shows. We have used the European Parliament as object of analysis for two reasons. Firstly, this […]

September 12, 2016
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Why are why doing this assessment? VoteWatch Europe has recently conducted an overall assessment on the most influential MEPs over the current parliamentary term. This type of information is fundamental to the public, who needs to be aware of the personalities that shape policies affecting over 500 million EU citizens. The institutions as a whole, […]

July 15, 2016
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with special thanks to professor Simon Hix and research assistant Davide Ferrari — After the outcome of the Brexit referendum, many observers wondered how the equilibrium of powers in the EU Council would change. We have looked at the voting dynamics over the last 7 years (over 22.000 votes of EU governments) to understand what is […]

May 31, 2016
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The European Parliament has recently said “no” to grant market economy status (MES) to China. At the final vote, 84% of its Members backed the EP document, which made it look to the outsiders like a broad consensus against MES for China. However, a closer look at the actual text adopted and on how MEPs […]

May 3, 2016
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Despite lengthy negotiations and the optimism of the top-level political elites in Hannover, the fate of TTIP is far from certain. The on-going revelations based on leaked documents are meant to give an important blow to the negotiations. Their real impact on the public opinion will be measurable in the coming weeks, while on the […]

April 11, 2016
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Austrians will vote for a new President on April 24. The race is very tight, as the migration crisis is substantially impacting the national political landscape. A victory of a candidate from outside the current grand-coalition would seriously undermine the government’s policies. The nationalist anti-immigration and anti-EU FPÖ is on the rise and pushes hard […]

November 23, 2015
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With the perspective of the Brexit referendum looming ahead, many analyses that show the impact of this move on the economy in both the UK and the rest of the EU are published. Our analysis takes a different angle, looking at how the direction of the EU policies is likely to change in the absence […]