French President Hollande tells members of the European Parliament they can't do a proper job without a proper budget, but EU heads of state want to cut spending.
Hans-Gert Pöttering is the longest serving member of the European Parliament. His first direct election took place in 1979. With that career coming to a close in July, Pöttering tells DW how things have changed.
Observers worry that the success of France's far-right National Front in national polls on Sunday is just a preview of European polls in May. But there's no need to assume that, says DW's Christoph Hasselbach.
During the last European Parliament election in 2009, fewer than half of Europe's voters bothered to show up at the ballot box. What's the EU doing to increase voter turnout - and what are its chances of success?
The European Parliament has voted on an action plan on the future of data protection in the EU on Wednesday. After allegations of mass surveillance, the package was passed with a large margin.
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