Hungarians are not enthused by EU Parliament elections – what’s the issue?
The next European Parliament elections are scheduled for 2024. In Hungary, the government plans to merge them with local elections. Ahead of this change, we looked at how many Hungarians have turned out to vote so far, in which municipalities, and where voters have shown the least interest in the future of the European Parliament.
Half of all MEPs do not disclose any meeting with lobbies
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”
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.
Why the European People’s Party struggles to distance itself from Orbán
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?
The von der Leyen Commission: climate change and international governance
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?
Which parties and countries chair the EP committees?
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.
Where the EU power really lies
Welcome to the EU engine room: the European Parliament's 22 committees, which churn out hundreds of new laws and non-binding reports each year and keep an eye on other European institutions.
EU closes in on target for gender parity in the European Parliament
The European Union elected a record number of women MEPs in the latest European Parliament elections. However, men still hold almost 60 percent of seats.
Waiting for the new European Parliament
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.