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MEPs' receive a gross salary of €8,757.70 per month, plus others reimbursements. But related perks are not transparent, as they don't have to show the receipts for their expenses.
Data on political ads posted in the months leading up to the European elections highlights the differences between the political contexts in various member states. In Romania, it’s the national parties who spend the most, in Greece it’s individual candidates, and in Slovenia it’s the European Parliament.
What have the candidates for the European Parliament published on Twitter, and how much have the citizens interacted with them? EuVisions analysed 2.3 million Tweets in six member states.
After months of delays, the von der Leyen Commission is finally set to take office on the first of December. What did the last few months involve, and why did it take so long?
Leftwing coalition Syriza’s rise to power in 2015 seemed to swept away the old greek political order. But a journey through the strongholds of these dynasties shows they never went away. Their power lies deeper in history.
Almost 17 million EU citizens live in a member state other than their country of origin. These citizens are entitled to vote for the European Parliament from where they reside, but almost none of them do so. It’s a wasted opportunity for a more transnational politics.
Will parties run enough women, and will they be placed in electable positions on electoral lists? Besides electoral systems, determination and concrete action are required to incentivise female representation. Let’s take a look at where we are now, with the numbers in hand.
The next five years the European Union will be more fragmented than ever. This fragmentation is the key lesson of the 2019 European elections. However, contrary to the dominant narrative of the last decade or so, the old centrist blocs are not confronted with just a plethora of anti-system populist parties and groups.
French President Emmanuel Macron wants to unite the progressives in the European Parliament against the threat posed by the far right, but the road is winding.
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.