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.
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.
Misuse of funds by Marine Le Pen's party may have cost the European Parliament more than twice as much as estimated, a source has said. It's just one of the charges leveled against the French presidential candidate.
The move follows a request by French prosecutors to further an investigation into whether Le Pen abused EU funds to pay party assistants. The presidential candidate has dismissed the allegations as a "bare-faced lie."
As the EU and UK gear up for Brexit negotiations, MEPs have voted against holding exit talks and trade deal discussions concurrently. Nigel Farage meanwhile caused outrage by likening the EU to the "mafia."
EU lawmakers on Tuesday urged European authorities to quickly establish new checks to prevent automakers from cheating on emissions testing following the Volkswagen "dieselgate" scandal. The European Parliament called on the European Commission and member states to set up new controls across the bloc.