MEPs from France and Germany have wielded the most influence in the European Parliament over the last five years, according to data from VoteWatch Europe. Italy's Antonio Tajani, president of the institution, was the most influential member. VoteWatch Europe produced its ranking of the Top 100 most influential MEPs by looking at attendance data and MEPs' voting patterns. It also made a tally of the number of times MEPs have delivered a speech in plenary session, submitted an amendment or a question to the European Commission or Council of Ministers and whether they were named rapporteur for legislation. The most influential MEPs It found that all of the ten most influential MEPs belong to three or the four largest groups in the European Parliament, which are the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), the left-leaning Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the centrist Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). "In the EU parliament, since there … [Read more...] about European Parliament: Who are the most influential MEPs?
A 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook said Thursday, May 16, 2019, that it has banned Archimedes, an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries, and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) JERUSALEM — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts. Although Facebook said the individuals … [Read more...] about Facebook cracks down on Israel-based effort to disrupt elections
GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - The wife of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales will be investigated on suspicion of cashing illicit checks made out to her and her husband totalling more than $30,000 (£22,990), the country's top prosecutor said on Friday. Four checks were written out by a business also being investigated for corruption to First Lady Patricia Marroquin de Morales and Jimmy Morales during his 2015 election campaign and later cashed, according to a local media report published on Thursday. "We've begun the investigation," said Consuelo Porras, Guatemala's attorney general, in brief comments following an event in the capital Guatemala City. The company that issued the checks, Fulanos & Menganos, is a restaurant owned by Othmar Sanchez, a friend of the president who also serves as a member of the Central American Parliament. Alfredo Brito, a spokesman for the president's office, said in a statement that the executive is monitoring the investigation into the first lady … [Read more...] about Wife of Guatemalan president investigated for cashing illegal checks -prosecutor
By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union moved a step closer on Thursday to beefing up its regulators to increase safeguards for consumers and create an EU capital market that reduces the bloc's reliance on Britain's financial services industry after Brexit. The European Parliament's economic affairs committee approved a draft law giving the EU's securities, banking and insurance watchdogs more powers to build a European capital market and to scrutinise firms from outside the bloc that want to serve EU customers. "This is necessary to make sure that the UK does not start to do dodgy business in the EU with weakened rules," said Othmar Karas, the centre-right Austrian lawmaker who helped to steer the plan through the committee. "We will make sure that whoever does financial business in the EU has to obey our strict rules," Karas said. Britain is the EU's biggest financial centre and used by companies from across the region to raise funds. The UK is due to leave the EU in … [Read more...] about EU lawmakers seek more powers for finance watchdogs ahead of Brexit