About: European Parliament

Politics 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.

Elections 16-01-2017

The Parliament that Europeans want to hear from

The European Parliament is delivering, but there is still room for improvement in the way it communicates to both the younger and older generations, writes Vice-President Ramón Valcárcel.

Elections 10-01-2017

Tajani and Pittella neck and neck in race for Parliament presidency

The rejected bid of Italy’s 5 Star Movement to join the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament has hugely reduced the chances of Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt to become the next president of the EU Assembly, research shows.

Elections 09-01-2017

A marriage of convenience

By courting the ALDE group, the Five Star Movement may prove that populists can move into the political mainstream. Despite differences between Beppe Grillo and Guy Verhofstadt, their parties are not as different as they seem, writes Nicholas Whyte.

Oettinger to be quizzed on his plan to put women in leadership positions

One of the issues Günther Oettinger is expected to be quizzed on in the European Parliament today (9 January) is his plan to achieve gender balance in the European Commission, as progress achieved under his predecessor Kristalina Georgieva looks limited.

Elections 09-01-2017

Italy’s 5 Star divorces UKIP, begins relationship with ALDE

Italy's maverick 5 Star Movement should cut ties with the anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) and consider hooking up with the Liberals in the European Parliament, 5 Star founder Beppe Grillo said yesterday (8 January).

06-01-2017

The Brief: The Hof plots a hitjob on Pittella

Guy “the Hof” Verhofstadt has entered the fray to become the next European Parliament president.

Global Europe 16-12-2016

The Brief: European Parliament, bring out your dead!

When Europe was in the grips of the Black Death, men would pull carts through stricken villages, ringing a bell and crying, “Bring out your dead!”

Global Europe 16-12-2016

Tajani: ‘I will be a president who fights for values’

As it continues to reduce public debt, Europe should stick to the "social economy model" and ensure no one is left behind by globalisation, Italian MEP Antonio Tajani, the European People's Party (EPP) group's candidate for the Parliament presidency, said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

14-12-2016

The Brief: Cracks appear in EU’s united front on Brexit

The uniformity of the EU’s response to Brexit has been striking but today the first cracks in that carefully crafted unity appeared.

UK & Europe 14-12-2016

Verhofstadt threatens separate Brexit talks between EU Parliament and UK

European Parliament Brexit boss Guy Verhofstadt today (14 December) threatened to open up separate negotiations with the British, unless EU leaders meet his demand to be included in the UK-EU divorce talks.

Public Affairs 14-12-2016

Lawmakers tighten EU Parliament rules, but fail to ban all second jobs

After two years of intense horse-trading, MEPs approved on Tuesday (13 December) a set of reforms to make the European Parliament more efficient and transparent, but limited the scope of banning second jobs to those who actually influence decision-making.

Global Europe 24-11-2016

The Brief: Schulz gives up European Parliament to return to politics

Martin Schulz is giving up the European Parliament to return to politics.

Enlargement 23-11-2016

Erdogan says European Parliament vote has ‘no value’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today (23 November) that a European Parliament vote set to back a freeze of membership talks with Ankara over its relentless post-coup crackdown would have "no value".

Enlargement 23-11-2016

MEPs urge freezing Turkey membership talks

A vast majority of the political groups in the European Parliament yesterday (22 November) said the Commission should temporarily freeze the accession talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges - while the Commission warned that cutting ties would be a lose-lose solution.

Future EU 18-11-2016

Parliament leaning towards exempting Oettinger from hearing

EXCLUSIVE/ Parliament President Martin Schulz proposed on Thursday (17 November) bypassing the hearing process by which Gunther Oettinger will have his new Commission portfolio confirmed, despite new concerns about his trip to Budapest with a lobbyist.

Global Europe 15-11-2016

The Brief: Martin Schulz is in the running for three jobs

Pressure is mounting on Martin Schulz. He wants to stay on for a third term as president of the European Parliament. But can he?

Euro & Finance 02-11-2016

MEPs seek to water down EU bank deposit guarantee plan

European lawmakers plan to water down a European Commission plan to guarantee bank deposits, according to a draft report seen by Reuters, throwing up another hurdle to regulators' plan to boost savers' confidence and the financial sector.

UK & Europe 07-10-2016

European Parliament fight could cost UKIP MEPs €6,000 in lost expenses

Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem, the two UKIP MEPs who yesterday (6 October) fought in the European Parliament, face suspension and a cut in their daily expenses, after an investigation was launched by European Parliament President Martin Schulz.