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.
With the Brexit bill debate under way, UK PM Theresa May has warned parliament against delaying Brexit talks. In an unusual move, May also attended the House of Lords, where she sat on the steps of the queen's throne.
In a surprise move, SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel has given up a potential run for the post of German chancellor in favor of Martin Schulz, the former European Parliament president. Schulz is to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's federal election.