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Europe veers right to beat recession


It may be difficult to say who "won" the European elections, but it is clear who lost. From France to Poland – and spectacularly in Britain – politicians of the moderate left were shunned or humiliated by the few voters who bothered to cast their ballots.In a time of recession – and especially one caused by the exuberance and immoderate greed of markets – centre-left arguments might have been expected to thrive. Instead, centre-left parties of government were routed in Britain and soundly defeated in Portugal and narrowly beaten in Spain. Centre-left opposition ...


European Union danger elections


Since 1979, these MEPs have been elected direct rather than indirectly from national parliaments. But turnout for these elections has been falling in several countries. There is a danger that the number voting in June will be lower than ever before.Moreover, in the current grim economic conditions across Europe, voters who do turn out are all too likely to take the opportunity to punish the major parties and vote for fringe and even extremist politicians. There are particular circumstances that may encourage this electoral response.First, everywhere there is a sense of disgust at the way the ...


Neuregelung: EU-Abgeordnete dürfen Business Class fliegen


08.04.2009 08:57Ab Sommer dürfen EU-Parlamentarier auch Kurzstrecken-Flüge in der Business Class absolvieren. In Zeiten der Wirtschaftskrise sei das dreist, sagen Kritiker.Holzklasse adé heißt es ab Sommer für die EU-Abgeordneten. Denn ein neuer Verhaltenskodex erlaubt es den Parlamentariern ab der nächsten Legislaturperiode, auch auf Kurzstrecken in der Business Class zu fliegen. Das berichtet die Zeitung "Die Welt" am Mittwoch. "Die Reisekosten werden auf der Grundlage der tatsächlich entstandenen Kosten erstattet, und zwar bis zu dem Tarif der Business ...


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An online electoral connection? How electoral systems condition representatives social media use
This article analyses the impact of electoral institutions on the re-election campaigning and outreach strategies of Members of the European Parliament on the Twitter social media platform. Social media offers politicians a means to contact voters remotely and at low cost. We test the effect of diverse national proportional representation electoral institutions in European elections on a possible online electoral connection. We draw upon an original dataset of Members of the European Parliament Twitter activity before, during, and after the 2014 European elections. Our results confirm that variation in electoral institutions leads to meaningful differentiation in representatives' social media campaigning, which is further affected by national party, voter and legislator characteristics. Representatives make constructive use of Twitter, but there is no sustained online electoral connection.
Transparency vs efficiency? A study of negotiations in the Council of the European Union
Recent studies suggest there is a direct trade-off between transparency and efficiency in legislative politics. We challenge this conclusion and present a bargaining model where one particular kind of transparency – the publication of legislative records – works to overcome problems of incomplete information. We also present empirical findings from legislative activities in the Council of the European Union from 1999 to 2014 and from 23 interviews with senior officials in Brussels. Our results show that increased transparency, in the form of publication of legislative records, does not lead to gridlock or prolonged negotiations. On the contrary, recordings of governments’ positions help facilitate decision-making as it increases credibility of policy positions. This, in turn, lowers risk of negotiation failure and screens out marginal amendments.
Putin drops long-time ally from key post
Russian president replaces chief of staff in anticipation of testing election campaign
Value of negative-yielding bonds swells
Central bank bond buying ripples through debt market



 
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