The European Union has some 44 thematic agencies. Some could be merged, but member states often find them much harder beasts to do away with than establish.
EU leaders are being offered warmth and colour in a time of political uncertainty.
News in Brief
- Council of Europe critical of Turkey emergency laws
- Italian opposition presses for anti-euro referendum
- Danish MP wants warning shots fired to deter migrants
- Defected Turkish officers to remain in Greece
- Most child asylum seekers are adults, says Denmark
- No school for children of 'illegal' migrants, says Le Pen
- Ombudsman slams EU Commission on tobacco lobbying
- McDonald's moves fiscal HQ to UK following tax probe
Sixteen MEPs protest against the EU executive calling the late Cuban leader "a hero for many" and dismissing his support for the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.
The provocative leader of the Alde group in the European Parliament is not officially candidate, but says he wants to break the right-left grand coalition.
Missing e-mails, disputed minutes, and heated accusations as the EU parliament's Dieselgate inquiry prepares to wrap up its work.
The complexity of financial laws and lack of NGO resources means the “man in the street” has little say on EU banking regulation, the EU Commission has warned.
Socialist Gianni Pittella bids for European Parliament president, breaking a tacit deal with the centre-right EPP group to alternate the post.
New defence fund not part of "an EU army", as Commission says UK and other critical countries have "changed their minds" on military integration.
An inquiry meeting focused on the role of parliament itself in the emissions cheating scandal was suspended after fewer than 10 MEPs turned up.
The Hungarian Green MEP who uncovered EU Commissioner Oettinger's flight to Budapest on a private plane of a lobbyist was not allowed to ask the German politician on the issue in the EP.
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EU Commission chief's defensive media blitz reinforces the very thing he wants to deny: It’s time to leave.
There are EU agencies covering maritime transport, aviation, and railways, but road transport never got its own. Some MEPs are now advocating one, to the chagrin of many member states.
Martin Schulz has been widely credited for raising the profile of the European Parliament during his terms at its helm. But he didn't do much to raise transparency and political accountability of the EU institutions.
Now is the time for the EU commission president to accept the pact proposed by the European Parliament to uphold democracy and our fundamental rights, write six MEPs from five political groups.
The leader of the parliament's centre-right group Manfred Weber urged pro-European groups to rally behind a joint candidate as the assembly's next president.
Environment minister told MEPs that French civil servants voted in Brussels in favour of leniency towards car industry against her will.
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The German politician wasn't sure to secure a third term as EU parliament president. His decision opens up power struggles both in Brussels and Berlin.
The European Commission has proposed tighter rules for its members after their term finishes, amid a long-lasting row over Jose Manuel Barroso's job at Goldman Sachs.
The solution to the EU's woes could lie in a return to the pre-1992 version of the bloc, rather than creating an inner circle of European integration.
The EU parliament wants to freeze membership talks with Turkey but the EU's foreign policy chief described it as a "lose-lose scenario".
The Court of Auditors says EU is "at serious risk" of failing to achieve its target to spend 20 percent of its budget on climate action.
Mayors of EU cities don't want Brexit to ruin their relations and say they could play a role in bringing the EU closer to citizens, if only the institutions let them.
Ivan Korcok says Slovakia's EU presidency has achieved "tangible results" despite difficulties caused by Brexit and the US election. But no agreement on asylum reform is in sight.
The EU parliament is preparing to get back allegedly misspent funds from a eurosceptic political group that includes Ukip, in a move that could cause the group's bankruptcy.
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Twitter can make us smile, but the ethics and transparency of public institutions are serious matters, especially in the EU’s current stormy weather.
EU executive said digital commissioner did not break transparency rules when he took the plane of a German businessman, but NGOs said that view was "incorrect".
The Mediterranean island will take the six-month EU presidency on 1 January, with migration and security as main priorities.
After a "demanding marathon" of talks, member states and MEPs agreed a budget for next year they hope will provide a "buffer" against any shocks to the system.
The German commissioner says it was normal to travel by a private jet owned by a German businessman. MEPs, with the exception of Oettinger's own EPP group, are gearing up to grill him.
Oettinger said he used pro-Russia lobbyist's jet because it was the only way to make dinner in Budapest, but who paid for the trip?
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