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The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament is losing ground despite winning the last elections, a new study of voting patterns says.

The EPP has been on the winning side in parliament 93 percent of the time, voting Yes or No when the majority of MEPs voted Yes or No, in the 792 votes that took place in the past year, the survey, carried out by academics in the VoteWatch project, said.

The level is the same as in the assembly’s previous sitting. But in the meantime, the Liberal group has moved into first place (97%) while the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group has gone up from 90 percent to 92 percent.

The erosion of EPP power has come about because the Liberal group, called the parliament’s “kingmakers” by VoteWatch, is siding more often with the S&D.

The centre-left Liberal-S&D coalition has made its mark the most forcefully in the budget, environment and civil liberties areas. But the “kingmakers” tend to vote with the EPP on economics, industry, trade and development.

If you are interested about the internal discipline of EU political groups, MEPs’ attendance rates and other issues regarding the EP, I recommend you visit the excellent VoteWatch website.

Source: EUobserver

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