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Just the Facts: Informal European Council meeting, 23 February 2018

On Friday, 23 February 2018, the European Council met in Brussels at an informal meeting to discuss the EU’s long-term budgetary plans and Institutional issues.  Brexit, relations with Turkey, and Syria were also discussed.  The meeting took place under the Leaders’ Agenda and as the discussions were future-orientated, leaders met […]

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‘All EU Need To Know’: The change in composition of the European Parliament explained

What is the current composition of the European Parliament? There are currently 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The Treaty on European Union (TEU) outlines that no Member State can have fewer than six MEP seats or more than 96. There is also a policy of ‘degressive proportionality’, whereby […]

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‘All EU Need To Know’: Spitzenkandidaten explained

What is the Spitzenkandidaten process? The Spitzenkandidaten process is a way of giving EU citizens a say in the appointment of the President of the European Commission. Each European Parliament political group selects a lead candidate, which is where the name Spitzenkandidat comes from (it translates as lead candidate from […]

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Just the Facts | Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 1 January, the Republic of Bulgaria took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Estonia, marking the first time Bulgaria has held the Presidency since joining the EU in 2007.  In 2009, the Lisbon Treaty established a system whereby a trio of Member States […]

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