European Elections

Centrists and progressives at the European Parliament

Thursday 23 May 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

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.


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.


EUfactcheck

How much does the "travelling circus" of the European Parliament really cost? 

Wednesday 13 March 2019 | EUfactcheck

The monthly move of the European Parliament between Brussels and Strasbourg is an obvious target of criticism against the way EU institutions work. But the move costs way less than some parties argue.


Romanian and Bulgarian MEPs among the most influential 

Wednesday 15 May 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

MEPs representing Romania and Bulgaria have much more clout than those representing many other countries, including Italy and France. This is demonstrated by an indicator developed by VoteWatch Europe. 


How parties court voters online 

Friday 24 May 2019 | Marcel Pauly
Patrick Stotz
| Der Spiegel

Analysis: German parties differ greatly in how they advertise on Facebook. The conservative CDU targets individual regions, the left-wing SPD tailors its adverts by gender. The far-right AfD has a totally different approach.


Social media advertising: more than half a million euro spent on the European elections 

Thursday 20 June 2019 | Openpolis

Parties and candidates are spending increasing amounts on online political advertising. The situation can no longer be ignored, but the Parliament is yet to intervene.


How much did the European institutions and parties pay for ads on Facebook? 

Monday 17 June 2019 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

During last month’s European election campaign, the EU institutions and European political parties spent almost four million euro on paid Facebook posts. Data published by Facebook reveals how much was spent in each country, and who spent the most.


How European parties seek to influence public opinion 

Monday 27 May 2019 | Gerald Gartner
Markus Hametner
| Addendum

Climate, the economy and ­– immigration. The candidates and parties standing in the European Parliament election are spending millions of euros on election advertising on Facebook. We have checked the contents of around 35,000 adverts from five different countries.


Political ads on Facebook: who spent the most in Poland 

Friday 14 June 2019 | Bartosz Chyż
Jarosław Kopeć
| BiQdata

Polish candidates to the European Parliament spent hundreds of thousands of złoty on Facebook ads. The most money was spent on European Coalition’s pages. Confederation, on the other hand, has clearly invested in the nationalist leader Krzysztof Bosak.  


A year of changing of the guards in the EU  in depth

Thursday 02 May 2019 | Lisbeth Kirk
| EUobserver

The forthcoming European elections will set off a chain of events that in a few months could deeply change the European union's political landscape.