Raising MEPs’ salaries causes them to attend fewer meetings, but cutting their salaries increases their attendance rate.

What impact does a parliamentarian’s salary have on the amount of effort they put into representing citizens? Naci Mocan and Duha Altindag outline results from a study on salary changes which took place as part of a change in procedures in the European Parliament in 2009. They note that MEPs who experienced an increase in salary in 2009 attended fewer […]

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Brussels blog round-up for 22 – 28 June: MEPs in the limelight, France vs. the European Commission, and the EU’s new budget deal.

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU centre and the crisis  Friday sees a meeting of the European Council in Brussels. Ahead of the summit, the European Council on Foreign Relations presents the view from seven of the EU’s capitals. The European Commission released its draft budget for 2014-2020 on Wednesday. Open Europe looks at […]

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Giving a voice to Eurosceptic MEPs in the European Parliament is an important part of making the integration process more legitimate

While Eurosceptic parties at the national level have received significant attention from political scientists, Euroscepticism within the EU’s own institutions has generally been overlooked. Nathalie Brack uses role theory to assess the experiences of Eurosceptic MEPs in the European Parliament, finding that they can broadly be situated into three distinct categories: absentees, public orators, and pragmatists. She argues that far […]

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There is only a weak relationship between the way MEPs vote in the European Parliament and the preferences of their citizens.

Serguei Kaniovski and Dennis C. Mueller assess the notion that a ‘democratic deficit’ exists in the EU by examining how well MEPs represent the preferences of their citizens in the European Parliament. They find that there is no strong link between citizen preferences and voting in the Parliament, with MEPs voting largely in accordance with their own views, not those of their […]

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Brussels blog round up for 7 – 13 July: Vaccine bonds under threat, Romania’s referendum row, and will the UK become an EU free-rider?

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU Centre EU Logos at Blogactiv.eu looks at the European Parliament’s call for a directive on basic banking services, as 30 million adult Europeans lack a bank account. Later, they discuss the creation of a European observatory for cultural and religious pluralism, which will focus on the plight […]

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A veto of the European Parliament against ACTA would be a way for MEPs to reassert themselves against member states.

Recent months have seen protests across Europe against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which seeks to protect intellectual property. Valentin Kreilinger argues that the European Parliament now has an opportunity to take into account the views of Europe’s citizens and veto the agreement, meaning that the agreement would have to be renegotiated. At the end of March, the International Trade […]

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