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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 […]

November 12, 2015
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MEPs from the pro-EU groups have made a very bold move this week, asking for fundamental changes to the way the European elections are to be conducted from now on. If these are adopted, in 2019 we will witness a very different kind of European elections, much more similar to the national ones, which would […]

November 5, 2015
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by Doru P. Frantescu, director & co-founder of VoteWatch Europe (@dorufrantescu) During the plenary (or part-session) of the European Parliament between 26-29 October we saw some very interesting trends in the behavior of the political groups and which also explain the results of the votes. Here are just a few. How cohesive has been each […]

by Doru P. Frantescu, director & co-founder of VoteWatch Europe (@dorufrantescu) EU’s economy is still not doing great and new measures need to be taken to unleash its enormous potential, this is what the Members of the European Parliament agree on. They also agree that the EU should take a more active role to coordinate […]

December 1, 2015
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During the plenary (or part-session) of the European Parliament that took place in late November we recorded some very interesting trends in the behavior of the political groups and which also explain the results of the votes. Here are just a few of them. How cohesive has been each of the political groups? For the […]

August 31, 2015
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It’s always rewarding when someone appreciates your work. It’s even more so when that someone is a well known publication specialised in your area. Recently, the European edition of Politico (a newspaper who may be known to Europeans from the famous “House of Cards” series) has written this about the organisation I co-set up in […]

October 12, 2015
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(Published initially on Open Society Foundation website, on 2nd of August, 2012) For years, European Union (EU) institutions have been charged with a democratic deficit, falling short on practising those same democratic principles they claim to promote. VoteWatch Europe has developed new approaches to improving transparency and engagement around the EU’s previously obscure, decision-making processes. The uniqueness of the […]

August 31, 2015
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Published in European View, 2015. This article shows that the internal unity of EU political groups, the legislative arm of the EU-level parties, is surprisingly high, despite the increasing cultural and geographical diversity among member states as a result of successive EU enlargements. Members of the European Parliament come from 28 countries with very different […]

June 19, 2015
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Published on VoteWatch.eu. Ahead of the EU elections in 2014, in an article published by the Economist, we predicted that it was unlikely that a new far-right group could be formed (or last for long) in the European Parliament. The basis for the prediction was that there are deep divisions between the parties that were […]

June 18, 2015
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Published on VoteWatch.eu. Update: the European Parliament decided on 9 June 2015 to postpone a crucial vote on TTIP, due to extremely high number of amendments and big uncertainty regarding the outcome of crucial votes, as we predicted several months before. Here is an updated version of our projections. Note: this analysis has been read […]