Quote Finder notes

Big events and small maintainance activites: removing UK MEPs from the QuoteFinder

Tuesday 18 February 2020 | Giorgio Comai
| OBC Transeuropa

At a micro level, the exit of British MEPs impacted on one of the tools that we developed to keep track of the European debate. Since we have created it, #brexit has constantly been among the most popular hashtags used by MEPs.

Refugee camps in Greece

Friday 27 December 2019 | Eleni Stamatoukou
| OBC Transeuropa

The status of the Reception and Identification Centers (RICs) in Eastern Aegean is changing. Until recently the 5 RICs were operating as registration centers, as well as de facto open accommodation sites.

The new Greek migration policy

Tuesday 17 December 2019 | Eleni Stamatoukou
| OBC Transeuropa

Last month the newly elected Greek government of ‘New Democracy’ passed a new asylum law that will speed up the asylum process in Greece.

The Von der Leyen Commission: between hope and scepticism

Wednesday 04 December 2019 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

On 27 November, the European Parliament definitively approved the von der Leyen Commission, with 461 votes in favour, 157 against, and 89 abstentions. This is a decidedly more encouraging result than that obtained in the summer, when votes favouring the new president amounted to 383.

EPP Congress in Zagreb

Tuesday 03 December 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

On 20-21 November, the members of the EPP-affiliated parties across the European Union met in Zagreb to elect their next leadership.

Climate change fractures the European Parliament

Wednesday 27 November 2019 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

While climate change may be drawing the attention of the public, MEPs’ twitter profiles seem to find relatively little room for it.

A look at the Parliamentary hearings

Tuesday 19 November 2019 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

After a long wait, the European Parliament has finally approved the nominations of commissioners Breton, Vălean and Várhelyi. Now only the final vote remains before the next Commission is inaugurated.

MEPs aren’t talking about European issues

Thursday 14 November 2019 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

When we analysed the tweets posted in the last month by MEPs from France, Italy, Spain and Germany, we discovered that they rarely talk about specifically European issues. Could this be due to the delay in forming the new European Commission?

Brexit? What Brexit?

Wednesday 30 October 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

This week the European Council granted a flexible extension of Brexit deadline. The UK will have time until January 31, 2020 to find a deal, vote it, and leave the EU.

Waiting for the new European Parliament

Sunday 30 June 2019 | Gina Pavone
| OBC Transeuropa

What is being said about the newly-elected members of the European institutions, and in what terms? Do specific emotions tend to predominate? What are the emerging issues? A textual analysis of 18,000 tweets posted after the 2019 European elections provides a bird’s-eye view of the political landscape.