About: Voting system

New Council voting means Germany is Europe’s reluctant paymaster

1 November was the new European Commission’s first day. Thousands of newspaper pages have been filled across Europe with the shenanigans and politics surrounding the nomination process. This blog will not seek to add an additional one. Instead, it will address another key change in the EU’s makeup that I have not seen a single newspaper article about recently, but one which is arguably more important for European politics.
Public Affairs 28-01-2011

Liberals hold balance of power in new Parliament: Report

The liberal group in the European Parliament holds the balance of power in the assembly when there is a split between the centre-right and the centre-left, but the EPP, the largest party, can pass legislation alone when it is disciplined, a report has found. 
Future EU 21-06-2007

Voting rules matter: Poland’s cause

There is a clear, positive relationship between a member state's power per person in the Council of Ministers and its receipts per person from the EU budget, declares Richard Baldwin of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in an 18 June post on the VOX web log.
Future EU 18-06-2007

Poland continues opposition ahead of Treaty Summit

EU foreign ministers did not reach a 'breakthrough' at their meeting on 17 June, with Poland threatening to block new Treaty negotiations over Council voting rules, ahead of the EU Summit, which is to put the Union on the road to institutional reforms.
Euro & Finance 20-09-2006

EU gives up a little power in IMF

Members of the International Monetary Fund have approved a proposal to reform the financial institution’s outdated voting system so as to better reflect the global economy. 
Euro & Finance 31-08-2006

EU worries about loss of influence in IMF

Plans pushed by the US to boost China’s influence in the International Monetary Fund could be to the EU’s detriment and potentially divide Member States. Read this article in Hungarian (EURACTIV.hu)
Security 18-05-2005

Biometrics & democracy [Archived]

Biometrics are becoming more and more prominent in discussions about how society will look in the future. This dossier looks at their projected use in voting systems across Europe.
Future EU 27-04-2004

What is Really at Stake in the Debate over Votes?

The author of this EIPA analysis argues that, on balance, the best outcome in the Council voting debate would be a move to double majority voting in November 2009, as proposed in the draft Constitution.

Portugal makes little progress on IGC

The Portuguese Presidency is making little progress in the Intergovernmental Conference talks