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.
In 2014, Germany's highest court cleared the way for smaller parties to run for the European parliament. One year on, we're taking stock of this motley crew of lone-warriors, euroskeptics and a money-loving jokester.
A split appears imminent in the euroskeptic Alternative for Germany (AFD) party. Co-founder Bernd Lucke - a professor of economics - has threatened to quit the party, lamenting the far-right influence in AfD's ranks.
The European Parliament has rejected a voluntary business scheme aimed at stopping the use of minerals that finance armed conflicts, voting instead in support of a mandatory ban on 'blood metals.'
The annual Charlemagne Prize has been to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. The prize recognizes contributions toward European unification.