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  • Brexit Bowl 8 July

    Two weeks after the historic United Kingdom (UK) referendum on the European Union (EU) and under the shadow of Brexit, the European Parliament (EP) this week met in Strasbourg, the EP’s official seat, for its final plenary session before the summer recess. Across the English Channel, the political fallout in the UK continues to unfold in dramatic fashion:…

  • BREXIT Post-Weekend European Reaction

    Just over 72 hours after the Brexit referendum, politicians and business far and wide spent the weekend reflecting on the outcome and attempting to anticipate the implications and next steps. In the United Kingdom, the result continues to impact political parties across the divide and throughout the whole of the country. Further developments lie in…

  • MEPs’ Twitter conversations in March 2016 – Turkey

    This month, we were looking what members of the European Parliament and their followers on Twitter had to say about Turkey.  In March, Turkey was the second most commented topic with 8.957 tweets, second only after Brexit, which was the favourite topic of UK MEPs with 9.491 tweets. Turkey’s instrumental role in the refugee crisis…

  • 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…

  • Strasbourg Diary #4: Special Edition, part 1 – Brexit: has EU integration reached its limit?

    Just two weeks ago, MEPs attended the first European Parliament (EP) plenary session of 2016. Two weeks later and with a few exceptions, the main focus of discussions was unchanged: Brexit and the refugee crisis. The plenary began much like all the others. The bell rang at 16:55 on Monday to announce the first item…

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