The Impact of the European Parliament in the Portuguese MEPs

  • Fernanda Neutel ULHT


Many theorists have suggested that the European Union will be an elite led process with gradual change of loyalties at the institutional level. However, there are not many empirical evidences proving the argument. In this essay, I shall argue that the Portuguese Members of the European Parliament have changed attitudes since they first joined the European Parliament. It will be shown that, whereas in 1986 they voted with the right when they disagreed with their Euro-groups, in 1994/95 a balance between right and left had almost been achieved.