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.
Martin Schulz is a relative newcomer to the German political scene. Before he decided to run for Chancellor, he was active in European politics and President of the European Parliament. There have been many critical elections in Europe this year but there’s little angst in Brussels about the German elections as Teri Schultz reports.
Days before the second round of French legislative elections, the European Parliament has lifted the far-right MEP Marine Le Pen's immunity from prosecution in a defamation case. She lost a presidential election in May.