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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 European Commission and the Council of the European Union it exercises the tripartite legislative function of the European Union. 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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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

Videos for European Parliament

Nigel Farage launches attack on Emmanuel Macron and Ursula von der Leyen [Video]Nigel Farage launches attack on Emmanuel Macron and Ursula von der Leyen

Brexit Party leader launches an attack on European Commission presidential candidate Ursula von der Leyen and French president Emmanuel Macron during his speech at the European Parliament. MEPs will..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:20Published

Ann Widdecombe criticised for comparing Brexit to ‘slaves rising against owners’ [Video]Ann Widdecombe criticised for comparing Brexit to ‘slaves rising against owners’

Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecome has been criticised after comparing Brexit to slaves rising up “against their owners” in a fiery address to the European Parliament.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:13Published

EU leaders agree on choices for top jobs after days of disputes [Video]EU leaders agree on choices for top jobs after days of disputes

Despite nominations, picks will still need to be debated and ratified by the European Parliament.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published

EU's Tusk on jobs deal: ‘Europe is a woman’ [Video]EU's Tusk on jobs deal: ‘Europe is a woman’

The European Council President says he is "really happy" about the deal to assign women to head two senior EU jobs for the first time. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:41Published

European Council President Donald Tusk Said 'Europe Is A Woman' [Video]European Council President Donald Tusk Said 'Europe Is A Woman'

European Council President Donald Tusk praised an agreement to assign two senior EU jobs to women. He said: “After all, Europe is a woman.” According to Reuters, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Anti-Europe MEPs turn backs on Europe anthem at opening session [Video]Anti-Europe MEPs turn backs on Europe anthem at opening session

The opening of the European Parliament saw populist British representatives starting as they no doubt mean to continue.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:21Published

Macron puts forward IMF's Lagarde as next ECB chief [Video]Macron puts forward IMF's Lagarde as next ECB chief

A furious day of talks in Brussels has seen IMF chief Christine Lagarde put forward by France to head the European Central Bank. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:00Published

Brexit Party MEPs turn back on EU anthem [Video]Brexit Party MEPs turn back on EU anthem

Brexit Party members turned their backs on musicians as they played the EU anthem, "Ode to Joy" at the European Parliament's plenary session on Tuesday. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

EU Leadership: European parliament inaugurated [Video]EU Leadership: European parliament inaugurated

The opening of the European Parliament saw populist British representatives starting as they no doubt mean to continue.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:02Published

Farage tells Euronews he won't show respect for foreign anthems 'forced upon us' [Video]Farage tells Euronews he won't show respect for foreign anthems 'forced upon us'

The leader of the Brexit Party sparked criticism at the opening of the EU Parliament, where he and his 28 fellow MEPs turned their backs as the EU's unofficial anthem — Beethoven's Ode to Joy — was..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 05:44Published

New EU Parliament postpones vote on its presidency [Video]New EU Parliament postpones vote on its presidency

It's back to school at the European Parliament as the first plenary session takes place today since the EU May's elections. Old faces are returning to the corridors of power and new ones are trying to..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 04:04Published

Brexit Party MEPs turn their backs as EU anthem is played [Video]Brexit Party MEPs turn their backs as EU anthem is played

MEPs with The Brexit Party turned their backs in an EU Parliament meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday as the union's anthem was played.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:34Published

Lib Dems and Brexit Party in contrasting protests at European Parliament opening [Video]Lib Dems and Brexit Party in contrasting protests at European Parliament opening

Lib Dem MEPs wore 'Bollocks to Brexit' T-shirts at the EU Parliament opening ceremony. The Brexit Party also protested, as they turned their backs on the European anthem.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:44Published

 

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

'Green wave' has little impact on EU top jobs' carve-up

Despite an unprecedented surge in the recent European Parliament elections, the Greens were overlooked for the legislature's presidency and indeed for any of the bloc's other top jobs.
Reuters - Published

Italian socialist Sassoli elected EU Parliament speaker

The European Parliament elected Italian socialist lawmaker David Sassoli on Wednesday as its speaker for the next 2-1/2 years, completing the round of appointments for the bloc's top jobs after EU..
Reuters - Published

MEPs choose new European Parliament president

Voting begins for a new speaker, a day after EU leaders made their choices for the bloc's top jobs.
BBC News - Published

EU Commission appointee von der Leyen to seek parliament approval

German Ursula von der Leyen, appointed by European Union leaders as the next head of the bloc's executive, will attend later on Wednesday a session of the European Parliament, the approval of which she..
Reuters - Published

Italy's Sassoli likely to be next EU parliament speaker after socialists back him

The group of socialists in the European Parliament backed Italian lawmaker David Sassoli on Tuesday as their candidate for the presidency of the chamber, making him the most likely next speaker of the..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: EU leaders' tentative agreement on top jobs

The European Union's national leaders reached a tentative deal on Tuesday on who should hold the bloc's most prominent positions for the next five years, diplomatic sources said, but the package hit..
Reuters - Published

European Parliament kicks off new term with protests, more women

The European Parliament opened for a new term on Tuesday with the highest number of women ever but short of three pro-independence Catalan members who were barred from joining as hundreds protested..
Reuters - Published

New MEP Magid Magid 'asked to leave' European Parliament building

Mr Magid was elected as the first Green MEP for the Yorkshire and The Humber constituency in May.
BBC News - Published

Brexit Party MEPs turn their backs on EU anthem

Members of Britain's Brexit Party turned their backs on the EU anthem on Tuesday as it was played live at the opening of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in a move that other lawmakers branded..
Reuters - Published

European Parliament opens, short of three barred Catalans

The European Parliament began its first session of the new term on Tuesday, short of three Catalan members who were barred from joining, as hundreds wearing the Catalan flag protested against their..
Reuters - Published

Brexit Party MEP's website becomes porn site promising 'sex in Brussels'

The link on Bill Etheridge's official European Parliament profile now leads to some very explicit content
Independent - Published

European Parliament opens amid protest and discord

A stunt by the UK's Brexit Party and a protest by Catalan nationalists mark the new session.
BBC News - Published

EU Parliament to elect its president on July 3 in any case: spokesman

The European Parliament will elect its president on July 3, even if European Union leaders fail to appoint the chair of the EU executive at a summit on Tuesday, a spokesman for the assembly told a news..
Reuters - Published

Merkel: Finding job for Spitzenkandidaten is key to passing EU jobs package

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that finding a job for the so-called Spitzenkandidaten - the candidates fronting their parties' campaigns - was necessary to ensure a package of top jobs..
Reuters - Published

EU's Guy Verhofstadt attacks Boris Johnson for 'false promises, pseudo-patriotism, and foreigner bashing' over Brexit

European Parliament Brexit chief says likely next prime minister is 'a man who continues to dissemble, exaggerate, and disinform the public about Brexit'
Independent - Published

Denmark's new Social Democratic prime minister names government

Denmark's new Social Democratic prime minister on Thursday presented her team of 20 ministers which includes former member of the European Parliament Jeppe Kofod as foreign minister and Nikolaj Wammen..
Reuters - Published

Nigel Farage should face 'highest penalty' over undeclared gifts from Arron Banks, says EU committee

Nigel Farage should reportedly face the "highest penalty" for a "serious breach" of the European Parliament's code of conduct, according to its advisory committee.
Independent - Published

Spain foreign minister gives up MEP seat with eye on EU top job

Spain's acting foreign minister Josep Borrell gave up his newly won European Parliament seat on Wednesday to remain in the Socialist administration at home and stay in the running for a senior job in..
Reuters - Published

Merkel cautions EU leaders over choice of EU Commission chief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that EU leaders could provoke a crisis if they did not take into account the views of the European Parliament when choosing the next head of the EU..
Reuters - Published

German government official: We're striving for agreement on EU top jobs by July 2

Berlin is striving for an agreement on who will take the European Union's top jobs by July 2 - when the new European Parliament convenes - in the hope of avoiding an institutional crisis, a German..
Reuters - Published

Germany's troubled SPD names new justice minister

Germany's troubled Social Democrats (SPD) have nominated a new justice minister to take over from Katarina Barley who has left to become a lawmaker in the European Parliament, sources in the..
Reuters - Published

Ex-Romanian PM elected head of European centrist group with Macron's blessing

A former Romanian prime minister was on Wednesday elected the first leader of Renew Europe, the new centrist force that includes French President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique en Marche party, inside..
Reuters - Published

76 MEPs back Catalan separatists blocked from collecting European Parliament credentials: letter

The Spanish government has violated the rights of three Catalan leaders elected to the European Parliament by blocking them from collecting their credentials, 76 MEPs said in a letter sent to the..
Reuters - Published

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