European Parliament

Why the European People’s Party struggles to distance itself from Orbán 

Friday 29 May 2020 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Strife between Hungary and the European institutions has been building for around a decade. There have been angry exchanges, but no genuine rift. Orban’s authoritarian drift seems to have reached its peak, with COVID-19 as an excuse. Will something finally give way?


Half of all MEPs do not disclose any meeting with lobbies 

Monday 24 May 2021 | Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Carmen Torrecillas
Maria G. Zornoza
| Civio

Regulation of the European Parliament is highly voluntary. Compared to 90 percent of Swedish, Danish or Finnish MEPs who disclose meetings with interest groups, only one out of ten Greek, Polish and Bulgarian MEPs do so.


The risks and opportunities of “remote democracy” 

Tuesday 12 January 2021 | Openpolis

In recent months, Covid-19 has put Western democracies to the test. In the larger European countries, the space for democratic deliberation has been greatly reduced. In this regard, new technologies represent a major opportunity.


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.


The murky perks of an MEP  in depth

Thursday 02 May 2019 | Nikolaj Nielsen
| EUobserver

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. 


Which parties and countries chair the EP committees?  in depth

Thursday 21 November 2019 | Elena Sánchez Nicolás
| EUobserver

The MEPs in the European Parliament's committees are divided up among 20 standing committees and two sub-committees (Human Rights (DROI) and Security and Defence (SEDE)), specialising in concrete areas of EU's policymaking.


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.


The von der Leyen Commission: climate change and international governance 

Thursday 28 November 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

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?


A busy day at the European Parliament: SOTEU, copyright, and Hungary

Wednesday 12 September 2018 | Giorgio Comai
| OBC Transeuropa

The big debates on the EU's future that traditionally follow the State of the Union address (also known as SOTEU) by EC Commission President Juncker at the European Parliament did not grab all the attention of Brussels-watchers today.


How gender balanced will the next European Parliament be? 

Tuesday 26 March 2019 | Gina Pavone
| OBC Transeuropa

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.