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. The chamber's current president is Martin Schulz, a German Social Democrat. This page is a collection of DW's latest content related to the European Parliament.
Donald Tusk has given Belgium an ultimatum that they have to take a position on CETA by Monday night. Everything was set for the signing of the CETA trade agreements between the EU and Canada, but the Belgian region of Wallonia has decided against it. Even though the Belgian federal government is for the agreement, they can't approve the vote until all the regional governments approve.
British members of parliament will be able to debate their country's exit from the EU but will not get a formal vote on any Brexit deal. Prime Minister Theresa May conceded there would be "full and transparent" parliamentary scrutiny before Britain triggers Brexit in March. But dissatisfaction is growing in Britain. No one yet knows just what the government's negotiating strategy will actually be.
"Our European Union is [...] in an existential crisis," said the EU Commission president. Instead of a tour de force, he offered small projects with practical benefits: a calculated withdrawal, says DW's Barbara Wesel.