March 2016

  • Super Sunday Elections in Germany

    A political earthquake was predicted ahead of voting day in Germany, where regional elections were held in three of the 16 states. Now the dust has settled, and what’s become clear is that nothing much has changed: in all three states, the acting prime ministers are confirmed in office. In this snapshot Martin Kothé, head…

  • First steps taken but still a long way to go to tackle antimicrobial resistance

    Last week, the European Parliament adopted its report on veterinary medicinal products advocating for the banning of collective and preventive antibiotic treatment of animals. The vote represents an important step in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Europe and Commissioner Andriukaitis strongly welcomed the EP report and the good work of Rapporteur, Mrs Grossetête.…

  • Regional elections in Germany

    You don’t say. What’s that got to do with the price of tea in China? Dramatic headlines like “Germany votes in crucial state poll test for Angela Merkel”, “Will Germany’s regional elections be the beginning of the end” and ”State elections in Germany, Merkel’s doomsday is approaching” hadn’t failed to create some national and even…

  • We need to talk about data …

    Commissioner Vestager is certainly consistent when she comments on applying competition law to the digital economy; indeed it feels a bit like a crusade.  Whether it is Google, the e-commerce sector inquiry and the review of telecom mergers via Amazon tax rulings, she has been reflecting on the role of DG Competition in the sector.…

  • MEP’s on Twitter in February 2016 – overrepresenting the extremes

    More than 75% of Members of the European Parliament  share their views with the public on Twitter.  But what does this say about the influence of social media on the balance of power in the European Parliament and about the impact of MEPs on the general audience? To gain a better understanding, we have monitored…

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