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Elections 19-09-2017

Budapest in ire as EU inspectors call at Orbán’s village

With an extravagant football stadium and an EU-funded narrow-gauge train famed for its lack of passengers, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's home village of Felcsut makes for an offbeat tourist destination.

EU Priorities 2020 11-09-2017

Duff : Is the European Parliament really a serious parliament?

Over the years, step by step, the European Parliament has won a share of real constitutional power. Today, circumstances have thrown it a golden opportunity to take another major step – but it looks as though MEPs are going to retreat again, argues Andrew Duff.

Brexit 06-09-2017

Vision for EU takes centre stage in Juncker’s state of union address

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will outline his ideas for the future of Europe in his landmark annual speech before the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg on 13 September.

Politics 05-09-2017

EU institutions’ attitude to local residents ‘confirms they are out of touch’

When the politicians and civil servants leave their offices for the evening, they leave behind them the pollution and congestion that plague the European quarter. But for local residents, the never-ending disruption from traffic, construction and security measures have a real impact on their quality of life.

Future EU 27-07-2017

The EU should not allow the symbol of peace in Europe to become a symbol of waste

As members of the European Parliament we are time and again confronted with the same question: why do you accept this carrousel of moving the Parliament between Brussels and Strasburg with all its blatant waste? Time after time emotions run high on this – and rightly so, write the members of the European Parliament’s Single Seat Steering group.

Development Policy 13-07-2017

NGOs denounce cuts, tweaks to 2018 EU budget for development aid

EU member countries decided yesterday (12 July) to cut the proposed EU budget for 2018 by €1.2 billion. The European Parliament deplored this “mechanical” cut, while NGO’s denounced the decrease of development aid and its re-directing to combat immigration.

Global Europe 06-07-2017

MEPs call for freeze in Turkey accession talks

EU lawmakers called for a suspension of Turkey's membership talks with the European Union yesterday (5 July), saying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's crackdown on opponents meant Ankara did not meet the bloc's democratic criteria.

MEPs denounce ‘attempts to militarise EU’s development policy’

The European Parliament’s Development Committee endorsed on Monday (3 July) an opinion to amend the regulation for establishing one of EU's key external aid instruments.

Politics 04-07-2017

Juncker: ‘The European Parliament is ridiculous. Very ridiculous’

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker got angry today (4 July) at the European Parliament plenary session reviewing the Maltese Presidency. Seeing the hemicycle almost empty, he called the parliament “ridiculous”.

Roaming, EP Plenary, and Erasmus (Tweets of the Week, Ep. 7)
Brexit 16-06-2017

Tweets of the Week: Roaming, Parliament plenary, and Erasmus

This week we look at the end of roaming, the European Parliament plenary, and Erasmus turning 30.

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Brexit 14-06-2017

Britain can stay in EU but perks will end, says Verhofstadt

The EU will keep the door open for Britain to return, but only on worse terms than it currently has, European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said Wednesday (14 June).

Politics 31-05-2017

MEPs grill Juncker over LuxLeaks: ‘You turned from Saul to Paul’

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker admitted on Tuesday (30 May) that he overlooked certain effects of Luxembourg's tax policy during his tenure as prime minister of the tiny member state.

Freedom of thought 18-05-2017

Hungarian vote badly divides EPP group

The centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP) was badly fractured yesterday (17 May) over a vote condemning the "serious deterioration" in the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary, with 107 of the group's MEPs voting against the instructions of the EPP leadership, and only 92 following them.

Economy & Jobs 27-04-2017

Dijsselbloem defends legacy during critical plenary

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem came under fire today (27 April) during the European Parliament’s plenary session because of his role in the Greek bailout programme and his comments about Southern European member states.

Central Europe 27-04-2017

Orbán: Hungary has no big issue with EU, it has a problem with Soros

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he was committed to the EU and accused US billionaire George Soros of "attacking" his country yesterday (26 April) as he defended a law that could close down a university founded by the philanthropist.

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Politics 20-04-2017

A Brussels-Europe weekend? Two parties for the price of one

6 & 7 May will be a genuine Brussels-Europe Weekend, with two simultaneous events: the Open Day of the European Union (6 May) and the Brussels Iris Festival (6 & 7 May).

Development Policy 18-04-2017

MEPs in Ghana and Ivory Coast to monitor EPA implementation

MEPs from the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee are in West Africa this week, to monitor the implementation of Economic Partnership Agreements.

Economy & Jobs 04-04-2017

Dijsselbloem fails to win support to complete mandate

A new president of the Eurogroup could be elected by the summer break, as the controversy surrounding Jeroen Dijsselbloem has almost put paid to any chance he had of completing his mandate once a new Dutch government is formed.

Brexit 29-03-2017

Revoking Article 50 would be illegal, claim EU diplomats

European Union member states questioned on Wednesday (29 March) the legality of a European Parliament move to open up the possibility that Article 50, the legal process taking Britain out of the EU, could be reversed. Diplomats told euractiv.com that by offering the UK a way out of Brexit, the EU had weakened its hand in …

Development Policy 22-03-2017

Brexit ‘may mean huge loss for EU as global donor’, Parliament report warns

EXCLUSIVE/ Britain’s departure from the EU will challenge the bloc’s role as the world leading aid donor, and could see EU aid shrink by up to 3%, according to an authoritative new study by the European Parliament.

MEPs vote to boost recycling rates and limit food waste

After 51 organisations and 64,000 people in the EU backed a campaign to reduce food waste, MEPs voted today (14 March) in support of a 50% reduction by 2030.

Freedom of thought 10-03-2017

A Ministry of Truth in the European Parliament?

The live-streaming of European Parliament debates, established some years ago, was a real step towards more democratic participation and transparency. But the EU assembly is now apparently having second thoughts, writes Sophia Kuby.

CETA 16-02-2017

Trudeau at the European Parliament: ‘Together we have built something’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told policy makers today (16 February) that have to do more to make sure their voters see the benefits of CETA.

Elections 16-01-2017

Divided European Parliament prepares to elect new president

The European Parliament faces a stormy election for a new president on Tuesday after a long-standing coalition of pro-EU parties collapsed just as the crisis-hit bloc confronts a wave of Eurosceptic populism.