Which Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have most influence?

Who has most power to shape the political agenda and drive social change?

The Influence Index reveals the 100 most influential MEPs based on political and social media data from the one-year period up to August 2021. 

Explore for more data insights.

MEP Name Political ScoreSocial ScoreOverall ScoreRising Stars
Manfred WEBER
EPP, @ManfredWeber

Germany

7893.685.8^1
Iratxe GARCÍA PÉREZ
S&D, @IratxeGarper

Spain

8877.182.3^2
Sven GIEGOLD
Greens/EFA, @sven_giegold

Germany

6694.280.0^3
Dacian CIOLOŞ
Renew, @CiolosDacian

Romania

8375.279.0^1
David-Maria SASSOLI
S&D, @DavidSassoli

Italy

10056.178.1
Pascal CANFIN
Renew, @pcanfin

France

5595.775.4^2
Luis GARICANO
Renew, @lugaricano

Spain

5793.775.2
Bernd LANGE
S&D, @berndlange

Germany

5891.975.1^10
Antonio TAJANI
EPP, @Antonio_Tajani

Italy

7079.174.6
Heidi HAUTALA
Greens/EFA, @HeidiHautala

Finland

7376.174.6^1
Reinhard BÜTIKOFER
Greens/EFA, @bueti

Germany

44100.071.8
Kathleen VAN BREMPT
S&D, @kvanbrempt

Belgium

4990.169.4
Karen MELCHIOR
Renew, @karmel80

Denmark

4494.869.2^153
Bas EICKHOUT
Greens/EFA, @BasEickhout

Netherlands

5483.368.8
Brando BENIFEI
S&D, @brandobenifei

Italy

5185.568.2^40
Ville NIINISTÖ
Greens/EFA, @VilleNiinisto

Finland

4492.168.2^23
Guy VERHOFSTADT
Renew, @guyverhofstadt

Belgium

4887.968.1^45
Dimitrios PAPADIMOULIS
The Left, @papadimoulis

Greece

6471.067.6
Karima DELLI
Greens/EFA, @KarimaDelli

France

4193.667.4^24
Hilde VAUTMANS
Renew, @hildevautmans

Belgium

4886.867.4
Inma RODRÍGUEZ-PIÑERO
S&D, @RodriguezPinero

Spain

4192.166.8^53
Tiemo WÖLKEN
S&D, @woelken

Germany

4785.566.3^15
Dita CHARANZOVÁ
Renew, @charanzova

Czech Republic

6368.565.6^9
Sophia in 't VELD
Renew, @SophieintVeld

Netherlands

5180.265.6
María Soraya RODRÍGUEZ RAMOS
Renew, @sorayarr_

Spain

4387.865.3^8
Anna CAVAZZINI
Greens/EFA, @anna_cavazzini

Germany

3694.565.2^102
Manon AUBRY
The Left, @ManonAubryFr

France

3297.664.8
Nathalie LOISEAU
Renew, @NathalieLoiseau

France

3593.564.2^42
Michèle RIVASI
Greens/EFA, @MicheleRivasi

France

3395.164.1^36
David McALLISTER
EPP, @davidmcallister

Germany

5274.463.2^100
Maria Da Graça CARVALHO
EPP, @mgracacarvalho

Portugal

3987.263.1^64
Frances FITZGERALD
EPP, @FitzgeraldFrncs

Ireland

4580.562.8
César LUENA
S&D, @cesarluena

Spain

3986.562.7^9
Andreas SCHWAB
EPP, @Andreas_Schwab

Germany

4876.162.3
Zdzisław KRASNODĘBSKI
ECR, @ZdzKrasnodebski

Poland

4876.962.3
Younous OMARJEE
The Left, @younousomarjee

France

5073.661.9
Ciarán CUFFE
Greens/EFA, @CiaranCuffe

Ireland

3688.161.9^14
Johan VAN OVERTVELDT
ECR, @jvanovertveldt

Belgium

7251.261.7^6
Marie-Pierre VEDRENNE
Renew, @MariePierreV

France

4478.961.6^130
Dolors MONTSERRAT
EPP, @DolorsMM

Spain

4576.761.0
Marcel KOLAJA
Greens/EFA, @PiratKolaja

Czech Republic

5071.460.9^82
Ibán GARCÍA DEL BLANCO
S&D, @Ibangarciadb

Spain

3586.860.9
Peter LIESE
EPP, @peterliese

Germany

4180.560.6^16
Lina GÁLVEZ MUÑOZ
S&D, @linagalvezmunoz

Spain

4279.160.4
Saskia BRICMONT
Greens/EFA, @saskiabricmont

Belgium

2991.560.1^97
Javi LÓPEZ
S&D, @javilopezEU

Spain

3980.759.9^7
Anna-Michelle ASIMAKOPOULOU
EPP, @AnnaAsimakopoul

Greece

3485.459.8^20
Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ
EPP, @TomasZdechovsky

Czech Republic

3385.959.5^152
Grace O'SULLIVAN
Greens/EFA, @GraceOSllvn

Ireland

3385.359.4^108
Juan Fernando LÓPEZ AGUILAR
S&D, @JFLopezAguilar

Spain

7147.959.4
Véronique TRILLET-LENOIR
Renew, @VTrillet_Lenoir

France

3088.259.3^87
Danuta Maria HÜBNER
EPP, @danutahuebner

Poland

4968.959.1
Pierre KARLESKIND
Renew, @Pierre_Ka

France

3978.859.0
Ernest URTASUN
Greens/EFA, @ernesturtasun

Spain

3483.959.0
Martin HÄUSLING
Greens/EFA, @MartinHaeusling

Germany

2592.858.9^57
Raphaël GLUCKSMANN
S&D, @rglucks1

France

2295.458.8^52
Marie TOUSSAINT
Greens/EFA, @marietouss1

France

2195.358.2^17
Rasmus ANDRESEN
Greens/EFA, @RasmusAndresen

Germany

3878.658.1
Terry REINTKE
Greens/EFA, @TerryReintke

Germany

3580.758.1
Siegfried MUREŞAN
EPP, @SMuresan

Romania

5363.158.1
Axel VOSS
EPP, @AxelVossMdEP

Germany

4274.057.8^5
David CORMAND
Greens/EFA, @DavidCormand

France

2986.057.3^35
Marisa MATIAS
The Left, @mmatias_

Portugal

3579.757.3^56
Jacek SARYUSZ-WOLSKI
ECR, @JSaryuszWolski

Poland

3084.657.2^446
Valérie HAYER
Renew, @ValerieHayer

France

4767.057.2^34
Andrus ANSIP
Renew, @Ansip_EU

Estonia

5261.856.9^24
Fabienne KELLER
Renew, @fabienne_keller

France

2886.356.9
Robert BIEDROŃ
S&D, @RobertBiedron

Poland

3776.656.9
Michael BLOSS
Greens/EFA, @micha_bloss

Germany

1598.656.7^36
Chrysoula ZACHAROPOULOU
Renew, @CZacharopoulou

France

4072.556.4^36
Geert BOURGEOIS
ECR, @GeertBourgeois

Belgium

3380.056.4^100
José GUSMÃO
The Left, @joseggusmao

Portugal

3577.956.4
Tilly METZ
Greens/EFA, @MetzTilly

Luxembourg

3774.956.0^47
Andrzej HALICKI
EPP, @AndrzejHalicki

Poland

4765.356.0
Sergey LAGODINSKY
Greens/EFA, @SLagodinsky

Germany

3280.256.0^88
Eric ANDRIEU
S&D, @EricAndrieuEU

France

3477.955.8^462
Katarina BARLEY
S&D, @katarinabarley

Germany

4863.355.7
Thierry MARIANI
ID, @ThierryMARIANI

France

2388.655.7^132
Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS
Renew, @petras_petras

Lithuania

4467.455.6^25
Carlo CALENDA
S&D, @CarloCalenda

Italy

1991.655.5^29
Jordi CAÑAS
Renew, @jordi_canyas

Spain

2882.155.2
Nicola BEER
Renew, @nicolabeerfdp

Germany

4366.955.0^8
Sandro GOZI
Renew, @sandrogozi

France

2980.554.9^51
Paolo DE CASTRO
S&D, @paolodecastro

Italy

4762.154.6^52
Manuel BOMPARD
The Left, @mbompard

France

1396.654.6^25
Margarida MARQUES
S&D, @mmargmarques

Portugal

4266.954.6
José Ramón BAUZÁ DÍAZ
Renew, @jrbauza

Spain

3574.254.6^1
Eleonora EVI
Greens/EFA, @EleonoraEvi

Italy

2188.354.6^27
Miapetra KUMPULA-NATRI
S&D, @miapetrakumpula

Finland

2584.254.6
Patrick BREYER
Greens/EFA, @echo_pbreyer

Germany

1692.854.4^52
Pierre LARROUTUROU
S&D, @larrouturou

France

1791.554.3^115
Irène TOLLERET
Renew, @ITolleret

France

2781.654.2^88
Agnes JONGERIUS
S&D, @a_jongerius

Netherlands

4761.054.0
Maria ARENA
S&D, @Mariearenaps

Belgium

3078.053.9^104
Dennis RADTKE
EPP, @RadtkeMdEP

Germany

4563.153.9^32
Georgios KYRTSOS
EPP, @GiorgosKyrtsos

Greece

2583.353.9^89
Irene TINAGLI
S&D, @itinagli

Italy

6344.353.9
Mick WALLACE
The Left, @wallacemick

Ireland

1493.253.9^76
Anna FOTYGA
ECR, @AnnaFotyga_PE

Poland

3275.553.8^147
Jutta PAULUS
Greens/EFA, @juttapaulusrlp

Germany

1988.453.8^53
Stéphanie YON-COURTIN
Renew, @s_yoncourtin

France

4660.553.5
Engin EROGLU
Renew, @EnginEroglu_FW

Germany

2087.053.5^314
Yannick JADOT
Greens/EFA, @yjadot

France

1987.553.3
Alexandra GEESE
Greens/EFA, @AlexandraGeese

Germany

2283.753.0^145
Margrete AUKEN
Greens/EFA, @MargreteAuken

Denmark

2679.452.9^101
Clara AGUILERA
S&D, @ClaraAguilera7

Spain

4461.952.7^43
Miguel URBÁN CRESPO
The Left, @MiguelUrban

Spain

2084.952.5
Eva MAYDELL
EPP, @EvaMaydell

Bulgaria

2579.652.3^20
Carlos ZORRINHO
S&D, @czorrinho

Portugal

4361.452.3
Luke Ming FLANAGAN
The Left, @lukeming

Ireland

2381.252.1^5
Nikolaj VILLUMSEN
The Left, @nvillumsen

Denmark

2380.851.8
Assita KANKO
ECR, @Assita_Kanko

Belgium

2083.851.7^85
Viola VON CRAMON-TAUBADEL
Greens/EFA, @ViolavonCramon

Germany

1885.251.6^181
Othmar KARAS
EPP, @othmar_karas

Austria

5745.551.5
Lukas MANDL
EPP, @lukasmandl

Austria

4260.751.3^12
Nicolás GONZÁLEZ CASARES
S&D, @nicogoncas

Spain

2775.651.3
François-Xavier BELLAMY
EPP, @fxbellamy

France

2379.250.9^60
Benoît BITEAU
Greens/EFA, @BenoitBiteau

France

1982.450.9^174
Pierfrancesco MAJORINO
S&D, @pfmajorino

Italy

2576.150.7^45
Clare DALY
The Left, @ClareDalyMEP

Ireland

2179.650.5^101
Seán KELLY
EPP, @SeanKellyMEP

Ireland

2179.850.5
Marek BELKA
S&D, @profmarekbelka

Poland

4258.450.3^102
Jytte GUTELAND
S&D, @JytteGuteland

Sweden

4654.150.1^38
Hermann TERTSCH
ECR, @hermanntertsch

Spain

1782.349.7
Roberta METSOLA
EPP, @RobertaMetsola

Malta

4949.949.4
Jorge BUXADÉ VILLALBA
ECR, @Jorgebuxade

Spain

1484.849.4^19
Pär HOLMGREN
Greens/EFA, @ParHolmgren

Sweden

2078.149.3
Fabio Massimo CASTALDO
NI, @FMCastaldo

Italy

5048.549.1^211
Paul TANG
S&D, @paultang

Netherlands

2276.048.8^28
Christel SCHALDEMOSE
S&D, @SchaldemoseMEP

Denmark

4453.148.6^8
Svenja HAHN
Renew, @svenja_hahn

Germany

1680.748.5^221
Sylwia SPUREK
Greens/EFA, @SylwiaSpurek

Poland

2175.448.3
Leila CHAIBI
The Left, @leilachaibi

France

1283.548.0
Karin KARLSBRO
Renew, @KarinKarlsbro

Sweden

4649.447.7^6
Ryszard CZARNECKI
ECR, @r_czarnecki

Poland

5836.747.5
Sandra KALNIETE
EPP, @Kalniete

Latvia

4846.147.2^83
José Manuel FERNANDES
EPP, @JMFernandesEU

Portugal

6331.447.1
Markus FERBER
EPP, @MarkusFerber

Germany

5835.646.6
Philippe LAMBERTS
Greens/EFA, @ph_lamberts

Belgium

4645.745.9^47
Olivier CHASTEL
Renew, @OChastel

Belgium

4943.145.9^24
Miriam LEXMANN
EPP, @MiriamMLex

Slovakia

1475.945.0^245
Jeroen LENAERS
EPP, @jeroen_lenaers

Netherlands

5631.943.8^232
Birgit SIPPEL
S&D, @BirgitSippelMEP

Germany

6124.942.9
Charlie WEIMERS
ECR, @weimers

Sweden

975.842.3^195
Nils TORVALDS
Renew, @nilstorvalds

Finland

5826.442.0
Gilbert COLLARD
ID, @GilbertCollard

France

577.240.8^65
Elsi KATAINEN
Renew, @ElsiKatainen

Finland

4534.640.0
Paulo RANGEL
EPP, @PauloRangel_pt

Portugal

4831.239.4^26
Christophe HANSEN
EPP, @CHansenEU

Luxembourg

4632.339.1^12
Dragoș PÎSLARU
Renew, @dragos_pislaru

Romania

5423.739.0
Eider GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL
S&D, @EGardiazabal

Spain

5817.237.6
Norbert LINS
EPP, @LinsNorbert

Germany

4431.737.6^41
Daniel CASPARY
EPP, @caspary

Germany

5122.736.9
Ulrike MÜLLER
Renew, @UliMuellerMdEP

Germany

4724.535.6^54
Ewa KOPACZ
EPP, @EwaKopacz

Poland

5217.635.0
Domènec RUIZ DEVESA
S&D, @DomenecD

Spain

4426.335.0^228
Vangelis MEIMARAKIS
EPP, @v_meimarakis

Greece

4126.633.9
Javier MORENO SÁNCHEZ
S&D, @J_MorenoSanchez

Spain

4719.333.2^23
Tonino PICULA
S&D, @TPicula

Croatia

4321.632.1^55
Jonás FERNÁNDEZ
S&D, @jonasfernandez

Spain

5112.331.5
Martina DLABAJOVÁ
Renew, @Mdlabajova

Czech Republic

4913.431.2^23
Jens GEIER
S&D, @EuropaJens

Germany

4220.331.2^34
Pedro SILVA PEREIRA
S&D

Portugal

610.030.3
Isabel SANTOS
S&D, @isabel_mep

Portugal

4217.529.7^117
Ryszard Antoni LEGUTKO
ECR

Poland

590.029.7
Simona BONAFÈ
S&D, @simonabonafe

Italy

4513.929.5
Charles GOERENS
Renew, @CharlesGoerens

Luxembourg

4116.228.7
Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI
EPP, @CristianSBusoi

Romania

497.628.3
Rainer WIELAND
EPP

Germany

530.026.4
Dan NICA
S&D

Romania

530.026.4^10
Marian-Jean MARINESCU
EPP, @MarianMarinescu

Romania

466.526.1
Christian EHLER
EPP, @MEP_Ehler

Germany

438.525.8
Klára DOBREV
S&D, @DobrevKlara

Hungary

445.925.1^1
Monika HOHLMEIER
EPP, @MHohlmeier

Germany

472.524.6^87
Johan DANIELSSON
S&D, @johandanielsson

Sweden

460.323.1
Alice KUHNKE
Greens/EFA, @AliceBahKuhnke

Sweden

440.021.8

European President David-Maria Sassoli of the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) group has most political clout, whilst two German Greens, Reinhard Bütikofer and Michael Bloss, top the leaderboard for social influence. When looking at social and political influence combined, the EPP’s Manfred Weber tops the Index. Two women feature in the top ten most politically influential MEPs this year, while six make it to the top ten for social influence.

INFLUENCE BY COUNTRY

German MEPs have most political clout, on average, followed by Spanish and Romanian MEPs. Hungarian MEPs drop most points for political influence since 2020, possibly linked to Fidesz’s departure from the EPP political party.

French MEPs lead by a large margin for social influence, compensating for ranking last for political influence. MEPs from Germany and the Czech Republic gain most social influence, with increased political campaigning in these countries ahead of their national elections in Autumn 2021.

INFLUENCE BY POLITICAL GROUP

In accordance with the share of their seats, MEPs from the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) group have most political influence, followed by Renew Europe and the European People’s Party (EPP). When it comes to social influence, the Greens/EFA group enjoys a comfortable lead.

INFLUENCE BY AGE AND GENDER

The Influence Index suggests political influence increases with age, with MEPs over 60 holding more political power than their younger counterparts. Meanwhile, MEPs under 39 score highest for social media influence across all policy areas, suggesting a generational gap in the way parliamentarians cultivate influence.

Despite being under-represented in the European Parliament, female MEPs are on average more influential than their male counterparts.

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