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This issue of the ‘Key Votes’ series reviews the European Parliament 26 March vote on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The vote revealed political and cultural cleavages within many European political groups despite a majority in favour of the Directive. Instead of traditional cleavages along a left/right or market liberal/protectionist axis the vote was characterized by a cultural cleavage on questions regarding the treatment of intellectual property online and the openness of the internet in more general. This cleavage was also visible in the different voting patterns of German and French MEPs.
The ‚Key Votes‘ series dissects some of the most salient European Parliament votes in 2014-19.
It analyses relevant political and geographic cleavages and fleshes out French and German specificities.