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.
European Union leaders have nominated women to their two most powerful posts for the first time. Their selection follows elections to the European Parliament back in May. But EU lawmakers must still give their approval on the nominees and that's far from guaranteed, as Teri Schultz reports from Brussels.
David-Maria Sassoli, a center-left Italian lawmaker, was elected as the new president of the European Parliament. The vote came amid tensions over other nominations to the EU's top jobs, which are still pending approval.
The EU says its efforts to prevent disinformation campaigns from disrupting the European Parliament elections were largely successful, despite what it says were attempts by Russia and the far right to distort debate. But others working to reduce the impact of false information say the only real remedy is to give people their own tools to dismiss it...and to start early. Teri Schultz reports.