The influence scale tips toward the political Right when shaping Europe’s digital policy, with MEPs from the European People’s Party (EPP) group holding most political influence.

Our analysis is based on political and social media data from the one-year period up to August 2021.

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MEP Name Political ScoreSocial ScoreOverall ScoreRising Stars
Andreas SCHWAB
EPP, @Andreas_Schwab

Germany

9596.195.4^45
Axel VOSS
EPP, @AxelVossMdEP

Germany

9297.394.8^53
Tiemo WÖLKEN
S&D, @woelken

Germany

8897.192.7^409
Ibán GARCÍA DEL BLANCO
S&D, @Ibangarciadb

Spain

8797.892.4
Eva KAILI
S&D, @EvaKaili

Greece

9094.292.1
Eva MAYDELL
EPP, @EvaMaydell

Bulgaria

8298.590.4^20
Christel SCHALDEMOSE
S&D, @SchaldemoseMEP

Denmark

9183.187.1^25
Maria Da Graça CARVALHO
EPP, @mgracacarvalho

Portugal

7298.185.2^64
Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR
S&D, @JFLopezAguilar

Spain

8578.281.5
Birgit SIPPEL
S&D, @BirgitSippelMEP

Germany

10060.780.4
Karen MELCHIOR
Renew Europe, @karmel80

Denmark

6198.679.6^41
Miapetra KUMPULA-NATRI
S&D, @miapetrakumpula

Finland

8797.277.7
Sabine VERHEYEN
EPP, @sabineverheyen

Germany

9356.474.7
Alexandra GEESE
Greens/EFA, @alexandra_geese

Germany

4298.970.6
Paul TANG
S&D, @paultang

Netherlands

4197.469.0^28
Patrick BREYER
Greens/EFA, @echo_pbreyer

Germany

38100.068.8^52
Sven GIEGOLD
Greens/EFA, @sven_giegold

Germany

3297.364.5^3
Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI
EPP, @CristianSBusoi

Romania

889.048.6

German MEPs feature prominently in this year’s Digital Index, with Birgit Sippel of the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) group most politically influential, Patrick Breyer of the Greens/EFA most socially influential, and Andreas Schwab of the EPP taking the top spot for combined political and social influence.

INFLUENCE BY COUNTRY

German MEPs perform strongly on digital policy, with an average political influence score higher than any other Member State. MEPs from Romania rank second for political influence, with Spain in third place. Spanish MEPs perform best when shaping the debate on digital policy on social media.

INFLUENCE BY POLITICAL GROUP

When it comes to political influence, MEPs from the EPP group enjoy an influence share significantly higher than the share of their seats. EPP MEPs’ average political influence has grown substantially in the past year, overtaking MEPs from the S&D, Renew Europe, the Greens/EFA and the Left, and suggesting that digital is one of the most dynamic policy areas in terms of shifts in influence.

Greens/EFA and Renew Europe lead on social influence.

INFLUENCE BY AGE AND GENDER

With age and seniority, political influence on digital policy increases, while social influence decreases. This reflects a recurring trend across all policy areas. Among demographic groups, female MEPs over 60 years old lead on political influence while female MEPs under 39 perform best on social media.

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