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.
The European Commission forged an agreement with EU member states and the European Parliament that will enable the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany to be finished and operated. The compromise increases EU oversight of the pipeline.
With elections 100 days away, the European Parliament has teamed up with FIFPro, an organization which represents world footballers, to promote participation. Voter turnout has declined in every EU election since 1979.
The outspoken Brexit campaigner has said he will stand as a candidate for the European Parliament if Britain's departure from the EU is delayed. He called Theresa May's withdrawal agreement, "the worst deal in history."
Italy's Matteo Salvini and Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski share a similar brand of nationalist politics. As the two meet in Warsaw, they are hoping to create a united conservative bloc for the European Parliament elections.
Inside Europe looks ahead to what could be in store for Europe in 2019. Keith Walker speaks with Adriano Bosoni, Senior Europe Analyst at geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor.com. They discuss the importance of the upcoming European Parliamentary elections, the rise of euroscepticism, post-Brexit trade deals, and some other hair-raising scenarios we could see over the next 12 months.