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Just realised something I learnt after the 2009 election: GUE-NGL does not have a whip.

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The GUE/NGL is a confederal group: it is composed of MEPs from national parties. Those national parties must share common political objectives with the group, as specified in the group's constituent declaration. Nevertheless, those national parties, not the group, retain control of their MEPs. Thus, the Group may be divided on certain issues.

Now, the whipping is not particularly forceful in the other groups either but if it comes down to a face-off with the Council this fall, voting discipline is crucial.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Feb 24th, 2014 at 11:17:45 AM EST
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I wonder about the efficacy of a whip on the Greens/EFA group too : especially the "EFA" part. I wonder whether this grouping will survive as such; in Belgium, the poll predicts 4 seats (against 1 currently) for the Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie, which is right-wing nationalist. Likewise, the Scottish National Party.

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by eurogreen on Mon Feb 24th, 2014 at 01:55:47 PM EST
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