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Influence by European political group

Which political groups are punching above their weight and wielding more influence?

We analyse the relative influence of European political groups, considering their share of seats compared to their total share of influence. This lets us grasp the distribution of influence, supposing that all groups have the same number of MEPs.

For example, you can see that some political groups with a higher share of parliamentary influence compared to their share of seats are “punching above their weight” as they perform better than what their size would allow.


On public influence, our data indicates that political groups positioned closer to the ends of the political spectrum tend to outperform those in the centre. The opposite is true for parliamentary influence.

Explore the share of seats, parliamentary and public influence for the different political groups in the visualisation below. You can also click around to discover more data-driven insights and read our analysis for each political group, except for the non-attached.

Rankings and analysis
MEP leaderboard
Which MEPs have the most clout to shape EU legislation and the ability to sway public opinion? 
Influence by country
How is influence distributed amongst MEPs from the different countries across the EU? 
How we measure influence

Our unique methodology combines data-driven insight with empirical analysis to shed light on who holds influence in Europe’s parliaments.  

Get in touch with us if you’d like to find out how we can harness our methodology to assess specific focus areas, such as healthcare, technology and sustainability. 

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