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 co-leader of Germany's far-right AfD says his party will use European elections to unite populists across the continent. Jörg Meuthen told DW the party's key concern will be getting "migration chaos under control."
The possibility of a Polexit – The EU and Magnitsky sanctions - Which British sandwich filling has the worst carbon footprint? – The tourism boom in Iceland - Austria celebrates 100 years of being a republic - Greek universities are plagued with drug addicts and dealers – The countdown to the European elections – A new way to see graffiti
European parliament elections are set to take place in May 2019. With six months to go before Europe votes, Keith Walker speaks to Politico Europe's political editor, Ryan Heath, and starts by asking him to explain how it all works.
The end of Merkel's era in Germany – Are NATO's military exercises out of touch with the times? - Moscow wants to roll out face recognition technology - Brexit and the British rush to buy real estate in France - Marriage equality in the Czech Republic – Saving the Alps from the rigors of tourism – Courting Europe's pink vote – Ireland and citizenship – The Third Man draws tourists to Vienna
There are six months until elections to the European Parliament. Europe's gay and lesbian voters are being targeted by centrist politicians. That's because a growing number of gay people find themselves attracted to Europe's anti-immigration far-right. At the annual conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association in Brussels, Dave Keating found EU politicians courting the pink vote.
The European Parliament has honored the fortitude of a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned by Russia. It must also serve as a reminder that human lives are at stake in the Kremlin-Kyiv standoff, says DW’s Bernd Johann.