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European Parliament: Directly elected parliament of the European Union
The European Parliament (EP) is the legislative branch of the European Union and one of its seven institutions. Together with the Council of the European Union, it adopts European legislation, normally on a proposal from the European Commission. The Parliament is composed of 751 members (MEPs), intended to become 705 starting from the 2019–2024 legislature because of specific provisions adopted about Brexit, who represent the second-largest democratic electorate in the world and the largest trans-national democratic electorate in the world.

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Political groups misused EU funds for 'unlawful gains': EU fraud office

More than 500,000 euros of funds granted by the European Parliament to two pan-European political groups were misused by their members, the European Commission's anti-fraud watchdog said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Start of new European Commission likely delayed to December 1: EU officials

The launch of the new European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, is likely to be delayed by a month because the European Parliament has rejected three candidates proposed by EU..
Reuters - Published

Videos for European Parliament

Boris Johnson meets president of European Parliament [Video]Boris Johnson meets president of European Parliament

Boris Johnson meets the president of the European Parliament David Sassoli at 10 Downing Street The two leaders were holding a private meeting amid reports that UK-EU talks over Brexit are on the verge..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:28Published

UK parliament rejects second bid for early election [Video]UK parliament rejects second bid for early election

Meanwhile in Brussels, European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group said the are still waiting for UK to put forward workable alternative Brexit-deal.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:54Published

Romanian and Hungarian candidates for EU Commission blocked over conflicts of interest [Video]Romanian and Hungarian candidates for EU Commission blocked over conflicts of interest

Candidates for the European Commission from Hungary and Romania were blocked by the European Parliament's legal affairs committee due to conflicts of interest, EU officials said on Thursday.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:37Published

Christine Lagarde gets European Parliament approval as next ECB chief [Video]Christine Lagarde gets European Parliament approval as next ECB chief

With 394 MEPs in favour and 206 against Christine Lagarde won the European Parliament approval to lead the European Central Bank.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:40Published

Lagarde wins EU lawmakers' approval to lead ECB [Video]Lagarde wins EU lawmakers' approval to lead ECB

The European Parliament backed Christine Lagarde on Tuesday as the next president of the European Central Bank, paving the way for her to become the first woman to hold the post. David Pollard reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:30Published

European Parliament: UK hasn't proposed any new Backstop alternatives [Video]European Parliament: UK hasn't proposed any new Backstop alternatives

European Parliament President David Sassoli said the UK has made no new proposals that would unblock Brexit talks and that talking about removing the so-called backstop from the divorce agreement is a..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:03Published

 

Sylvie Goulard: Emmanuel Macron's pick for EU commissioner blocked by European Parliament

MEPs voted overwhelmingly to reject French pick
Independent - Published

Center-right EU parliament group to vote against Macron's EU candidate: spokesman

The largest group in the European Parliament will vote against French President Emmanuel Macron's candidate for the new European Commission, a spokesman for the European People's Party said on..
Reuters - Published

The European Parliament gave us a glimpse of the UK's future: just good, honest, old fashioned loathing

The Lib Dems and the Brexit Party yelling at each other for hours on end is the debate Britain should have been having for the last three years
Independent - Published

Brexiteers are the real traitors, EU's Guy Verhofstadt says

The European Parliament's Brexit chief has branded Brexiteers "the real traitors", in a significant escalation of rhetoric from Brussels.
Independent - Published

EU parliament head says Britain now faces choice of Brexit delay or no deal

European Parliament head David Sassoli said on Wednesday that "not much progress" has been made in Brexit talks and that Britain must now ask for a delay to its Oct. 31 departure date or crash out..
Reuters - Published

UK PM Johnson told EU Parliament's Sassoli UK wants a Brexit deal: Downing Street

British prime minister Boris Johnson told the European Parliament's president, David Sassoli, he wanted to leave the European Union with a deal, a Downing Street spokesperson said after they held talks..
Reuters - Published

EU parliament head says 'no progress' in Brexit talks

European Parliament head David Sassoli said on Tuesday after meeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that "there has been no progress" in Brexit talks.
Reuters - Published

Merkel to discuss Brexit with visiting European Parliament head

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she would discuss Britain's expected departure from the European Union with visiting European Parliament head David Sassoli.
Reuters - Published

Liberal, socialist MEPs want 'European Way of Life' title ditched

Liberal and socialist lawmakers at the European Parliament called on Thursday for a new title of European Commission Vice President for Protecting our European Way of Life to be scrapped because of its..
Reuters - Published

'Not even remotely acceptable': European Parliament says it will veto Boris Johnson's Brexit plan

Parliament Brexit chief says proposal is 'mainly a repackaging of the bad ideas that have already been floated in the past'
Independent - Published

UK's Brexit proposal rebuffed in Brussels as 'no basis' for a deal

Britain's proposals for a Brexit deal were widely rebuffed in Brussels on Thursday, with a European Parliament group saying it was not "a basis for agreement" and a senior EU official saying it took..
Reuters - Published

EU sees UK Brexit proposal 'no basis for a deal': sources

A European Parliament Brexit group believes that the proposals put forward by the British government on Wednesday "do not represent a basis for an agreement", according to the draft of a statement seen..
Reuters - Published

EU concerned over Boris Johnson's 'problematic' Brexit plan

Ireland says proposals don't meet needs of a backstop while Verhofstadt suggests European Parliament would never accept plan
Independent - Published

The best paid European lawmakers? The Brexit Party

The 28 lawmakers from Britain's Brexit Party have collectively declared outside earnings of between 2 million and 4.5 million euros per year, making them the highest earners in the European Parliament,..
Reuters - Published

Top EU lawmaker says parliamentary scrutiny crucial to any Brexit deal

European Parliament head David Sassoli on Tuesday welcomed the UK Supreme Court ruling that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of the parliament was unlawful, saying lawmakers' scrutiny..
Reuters - Published

Lagarde wins EU lawmakers' approval to lead ECB

The European Parliament backed Christine Lagarde on Tuesday as the next president of the European Central Bank, paving the way for her to become the first woman to hold the post.
Reuters - Published

Liberal Democrat policy to revoke Article 50 is 'natural stance' for stopping Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt says

The European parliament's Brexit coordinator is attending the annual conference of Jo Swinson's party
Independent - Published

EU parliament head says backstop must be part of Brexit deal

The European Parliament head on Thursday said the bloc would not accept any Brexit deal without an Irish backstop but was willing to revive a former proposal that would keep Northern Ireland only in..
Reuters - Published

Home Office making hostile environment for EU citizens worse, European Parliament warns

EU legislature demands review and replacement of settlement scheme
Independent - Published

New EU commissioner Goulard heard by French police: source

The European Commission's new internal market commissionner Sylvie Goulard was questioned by French police on Tuesday as part of an investigation into fictional jobs at the European Parliament, a..
Reuters - Published

EU parliament commission head proposed as Italy's new Finance Minister: source

Roberto Gualtieri, chairman of the European Parliament's economic affairs commission, has been proposed by the Democratic Party (PD) as economy minister in a new government with the 5-Star Movement, a..
Reuters - Published

European Parliament Brexit chief slams 'sinister' move to suspend Commons and extends solidarity to British MPs

The European Parliament's Brexit chief has branded Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament "sinster" and accused the UK government of trying to suppress debate.
Independent - Published

EU parliament chief urges Juncker to help migrants aboard Spanish ship

The European Commission should help 121 migrants who have spent a week aboard a Spanish rescue boat to find refuge, European Parliament speaker David Sassoli said in a letter on Thursday to the EU..
Reuters - Published

Italy pledges to complete rail link with France, EU official says

Italy has written to the European Union pledging to complete a rail link with France, according to the European Parliament president David Sassoli.
Reuters - Published

Senior UK Labour members challenge decision to back new EU Commission chief

Members of Labour's top policy team are angry over a decision by their party in the European Parliament to support a new Commission president, questioning an "anti-democratic" move that elected what..
Reuters - Published

Von der Leyen cracks EU parliament nut, national leaders will prove tougher

Ursula von der Leyen had to dangle a range of promises on migration, taxes, climate change and the rule of law to secure even a wafer-thin margin of support in the European Parliament to become the..
Reuters - Published

EU liberal lawmakers to back von der Leyen as next EU commission head: chairman

Liberal lawmakers at the European Parliament will support German conservative Ursula von der Leyen as the next European Commission president, the leader of the group said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Von der Leyen vows 'united and strong' Europe after voted in as Commission chief

Ursula von der Leyen promised a "united and strong" European Union after being narrowly confirmed by the European Parliament as the next head of the executive Commission.
Reuters - Published

EU parliament confirms von der Leyen as next executive head

The European Parliament on Tuesday confirmed Ursula von der Leyen, a German conservative, as the next president of the executive EU Commission by 383 votes to 327 against, the speaker of the assembly,..
Reuters - Published

MEPs back von der Leyen as EU Commission head

EU Parliament narrowly approves Ursula von der Leyen as new head of European Commission.
BBC News - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Most Social Democrats to back von der Leyen as commission president: party sources

Two-thirds of the European Parliament's Social Democratic members will vote in favor of Ursula von der Leyen's appointment to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, party..
Reuters - Published

Merkel says new German defence minister will quickly succeed von der Leyen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a new defence minister would be found quickly after Ursula von der Leyen announced she would resign regardless of the outcome of the European Parliament's Tuesday..
Reuters - Published

Germany's von der Leyen to resign as defense minister regardless of European Parliament vote

The European Union's conservative nominee to head the executive Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Monday she would step down as German defense minister regardless of the outcome of the European..
Reuters - Published

EU Parliament to vote on von der Leyen on July 16: spokesman

The leaders of the EU's political groupings on Thursday said the European Parliament would vote on Ursula von der Leyen's nomination to head the EU Commission on July 16, confirming an earlier plan, a..
Reuters - Published

'This is not the Europe I imagined': Head of largest EU Parliament group condemns lack of democracy after leaders ignore election results

Manfred Weber accused Emmanuel Macron of working with far-right leader Viktor Orban to damage democracy
Independent - Published

Factbox: Main policies of Greece's July 7 election rivals

Greece will hold a national election on July 7 with the conservative New Democracy party leading ruling left-wing SYRIZA by 9-11 percentage points in opinion polls after it won European Parliament..
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk urges European Parliament to confirm von der Leyen

The outgoing chairman of European Union national leaders on Thursday urged the European Parliament to approve Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as the next head of the bloc's executive after some in the..
Reuters - Published

'This is not democracy': European Parliament unites to condemn selection of new EU Commission president behind closed doors

'None of the presidents on the council would accept this being done in their countries. It would be taken to a constitutional court,' says leader of largest group
Independent - Published

Magid Magid: 'I don't intend to try to fit in'

Who is Magid Magid and what barriers has he overcome to take his seat at the European Parliament?
BBC News - Published

German appointee to lead EU executive hopes for parliamentary approval

Ursula von der Leyen, appointed by EU leaders as the next head of the bloc's executive, said on Wednesday she hoped the European Parliament will give her its endorsement to take on the new job.
Reuters - Published

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