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.
It was a busy week for French president Emmanuel Macron. On Tuesday, he adressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the first time, outlining his plans for what can safely be called a re-boot of the EU. He then went on to Berlin to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel. But there he found not everyone is as enthuisiastic about Emmanuel Macron's plans as Emmanuel Macron.
The group hailed the elderly French MEP as "our guide and leader for the oncoming struggles and victories!" The National Front co-founder has been an independent since his daughter kicked him out of the party in 2015.
MEPs have decried the promotion of the "Rasputin of Brussels" to lead the 33,000 civil servants at the European Commission. Liberal parliamentarians have threatened to oust the Juncker Commission over the scandal.
On today's program: Italy's political earthquake – Is there a future for Italy’s ‘big babies’? - Germany's right-wing AfD party visits Syria - #MeToo at the European Parliament - Tensions resurface between historic rivals Greece and Turkey - Migrant deaths in the River Evros - Migrants shut out of a food bank in Germany - Disabled models on the Milan catwalk - 16-year-olds get the vote in Malta.
When sexual harassment became a global headline with the Harvey Weinstein revelations in the US, stories emerged about horrible abuse in the halls of the European Parliament too. From Brussels, Teri Schultz looks into whether the situation has gotten any better for women.
Silvio Berlusconi's old acquaintance said he would be willing to leave his post at the European Parliament for the prime minister's office. The two have known each other since Tajani co-founded Forza Italia in 1994.