Christian Engström, Pirat

After this week’s vote on the Report on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU, where we (mostly) managed to get rid of a proposal to ban all forms of porn in media and on the internet, several people have asked what the numbers were in the key votes, and which members of the European parliament voted for or against the porn ban, respectively.

Unfortunately, there is no way I can answer those questions, as the votes were done by a show of hands, and the exact results were not recorded. Strange as it may seem, this is how most votes in the European parliament are conducted.

I republish a blog post I wrote in 2011 that explains the background:

The European institutions need to become a lot more transparent, if they want to have any chance of gaining the confidence of increasingly eurosceptic citizens. The European Parliament is by…

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