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.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Brussels this week to explain company policies to European Union lawmakers outraged over data-privacy abuses — such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the rampant spread of false information over the social platform. From Brussels, Teri Schultz reports Zuckerberg was trying to make amends but didn't make any friends.
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