About the Project

VoteWatch Europe is shaping the EU policy debate with cutting-edge analysis who stems from a unique combination of big data and political insight. We strongly believe that the stability of the European and international political and economic system is fundamentally dependent on quality and non-partisan information on how decisions are made at supranational level and by whom. As such, we report on what the real actions of each of the political actors are in the process of making decisions for half of billion EU citizens. We are therefore independent from any national or supranational governmental institution, businesses, political parties or any other entity. We self-finance our operating costs through subscriptions, paid-analyses and donations. We provide insightful analysis and forecasts based on verified political data that sometimes substantiates, while on other times denies hypotheses that are propagated by various entities into the public sphere. In this way, we provide traction to truthful information and help reject false or manipulative news, so that the citizens and stakeholders develop their “information self-defense system”. For this reason, some of our findings go against what some people may have been lead into thinking by incomplete or biased information. We help the public distinguish between pure speculation and actual facts.

Datasets

Electoral System Design Project

This project, collaborative with Simon Hix (London School of Economics) examines all elections between 1945-2006 in democracies with populations over one million — 610 elections in all, from 81 countries.  The dataset contains information on constitutional design and electoral rules (including mean and median magnitudes of districts in each election, legal thresholds, mixed-member formats), on disproportionality and party system fragmentation, on various indicators of political economy (growth rates, government spending, surpluses/deficits, inequality, human development index), and on demographic and historical information. 

Roll Call Votes in the European Parliament

We have collected how each MEP voted in each record (roll-call vote) in the first six elected European Parliaments:

  • EP1 (July 1979-May 1984)
  • EP2 (July 1984-May 1989)
  • EP3 (July 1989-May 1994)
  • EP4 (July 1994-May 1999)
  • EP5 (July 1999-May 2004)
  • EP6 (July 2004-May 2009) 

The data are publicly available for academic research, teaching or for any other not-for-profit activity. 

European Parliament Research Group (EPRG) MEP Survey Data

This website presents a new survey of Members of the European Parliament MEPs conducted during 2015. The survey adds to a time series of MEP surveys carried out by the European Parliament Research Group. The data allow for comparison of MEPs’ views with those of the EU public, European Parliament candidates, and members of national and regional parliaments in Europe.