Knowing about the impact of lobby organisations on legislation is a condition for a well-functioning democratic system. If civil society are supposed to control political power in democracies, each citizen needs access to all the information created by the political entities. Since 2010, abgeordnetenwatch.de has been running a blog publishing articles about lobbyism and transparency… Read More


Since 2012 the promises of the French President are tracked by Le Monde : * for François Hollande * for Emmanuel Macron In 2017, we decided to track the promises of mayors in partnership with 10 regional newspapers. The Beta version is online on https://promessesdelus.org/ The aims of the project are to: * Restore value… Read More


ParliamentWatch Network Members met in Berlin on 23 November 2017 and reaffirm their goal to promote democracy in their respective societies With different mottos but the same spirit to promote democracy within their respective societies, seven members of the ParliamentWatch Network met in Berlin on the 23rd of November for a two day meeting which… Read More


The projects in the Parliament Network share a common principle: to serve the public and work for the common good. Even aside from our work as activists, bloggers and naggers we try to cater to this principle in every way possible. Since a large part of such an organisation relies on computer systems, we aim… Read More


This might not sound flattering, but the Greek Parliament is no stranger to absurdity. The perennial problems of the Greek political system have been impacting Greece’s top legislative institution for decades. Indeed, the economic crisis of recent years has served as a “magnifying glass”; the legislative process and the self-monitoring systems are the two main… Read More


It is already one month! About 30 days ago Parliament Watch Italia was at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit hosted in Paris  (7th-9th December 2016). We were there to present the roadmap for reforms planned in partnership with the municipality of Messina, which is a pilot of a long term project aiming at helping… Read More


Following the Corruption Perception Index 2015 from Transparency International, only Bulgaria it’s worse than Italy among the EU nations. The issue affects the whole Italian national system but is even worse in the south, where corruption is endemic and the civil society scarcely experiments autonomy. This generates complete mistrust in the democratic procedures and sensibly reduces participation… Read More


Elige y Cuestiona, the Mexican initiative, to be launched soon. Mexico is now taking a step forward towards a new communication stage between citizens and their political representatives. Elige y Cuestiona (www.eligeycuestiona.org) is the name of the project that intends to provide Mexican citizens and representatives with a tool to engage with elected representatives through a moderated Q&A… Read More


Monitoring the Parliament at Times of War Since the military intervention of the Saudi coalition in Yemen in March 2015, the Yemeni parliament has been inactive and has not been able to play a constructive role in ending the political stalemate in Yemen. In view of the ongoing violence in various parts of the country,… Read More


„The Social Democrats gave up, we´ve got the names!” Exclaiming these words, our editor Martin entered the office room of abgeordnetentwatch.de on an, up until this very moment, rather calm morning. In his hands he held a list with names of all lobbyists who were granted access to the German parliament (“Bundestag”) with entry cards issued by… Read More