The European Parliament has 766 members, who are elected every five years by universal suffrage. It meets in Strasbourg and in Brussels and also has offices in Luxembourg.
The EP does not formally possess legislative initiative, and is often criticized for having little real power, as it can only approve or reject the Commission as a whole. The parliament has been elected since 1979, but voter turnout has fallen gradually across the 28 member states. It shares legislative powers with the European Council and holds limited budgetary powers. This page is a collection of DW's latest content related to the European Parliament.
In a major blow to Theresa May's government, the British parliament has granted itself the power to determine the fate of a final Brexit deal. The move follows the European Parliament's warning on London back-pedaling.
Hungarian prosecutors have charged Bela Kovacs of the far-right Jobbik party of spying on EU institutions for Russia. Kovacs, who serves as a member of the European Parliament, rejected the charges as "fantasy."
The gesture comes as MEPs passed a resolution questioning the rule of law and press freedom in Malta. Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb in October after years of exposing political graft and corruption.
The end of October marks the time that Europeans can look forward to an extra hour of sleep as daylight savings time comes to an end on the continent every year. That’s when the clocks get moved back at two am. But if some EU lawmakers get their way, this could be one of the last times people engage in this particular biannual tradition. Dave Keating has more from Strasbourg in France.
The European Parliament will send a team to Malta to probe how rule of law is applied, as well as corruption and money laundering, a senior MEP says. It's a response to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Reports of sexual harassment in the European Parliament have alarmed lawmakers. Members of all the body's parliamentary groups have called for more effective prosecution of perpetrators and more protection for victims.
A toxic battle is heating up over whether the European Union will renew the licence for glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used weedkillers. The EU’s food safety watchdog has declared that the chemical - used in US agro-giant Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup - is safe. But a class-action lawsuit representing 500 people in the US suggests foul play. The lawyers came to Brussels and