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One angry European is trying to get MEPs to take a stand against their British colleagues who support the UK leaving the European Union. An online petition was set up asking MEPs to walk out during the European Parliament’s plenary session next week (4-7 July) whenever a British MEP “who does not support Europe” takes… » read more

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Who’s this enjoying a cosy get together at a European Parliament bar? Why, it’s none other than disgraced former National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen! And is that disgraced former British National Party leader Nick Griffin sitting with him? It is! What on Earth could that gruesome twosome, both former MEPs, have to talk about… » read more

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Regular readers of the Heard in Europe will remember the curious case of UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew. Agnew was the guy who stood up in Strasbourg a week ago and railed against decarbonising Europe for the somewhat dubious reason that crops need carbon dioxide to grow. Predictably, that sparked an incredulous reaction on Twitter, which… » read more

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A UK Independence Party MEP told the European Parliament in Strasbourg today (11 March) that decarbonising the EU would be “absolute madness” because crops need carbon dioxide to grow. Stuart Agnew’s question to Gianni Pittella, leader of the Socialist & Democrats group, sparked incredulity on social media. UKIP had circulated the video but, according to… » read more

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Brussels hotels are set for a boost in business after the European Parliament suspended a swathe of events for security reasons. Events for external visitors held in the Parliament by individual MEPs are banned as of this week. Only receptions and other meetings hosted by the conference of presidents, the bureau, the quaestors, the committees,… » read more

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The European Parliament (EP) was evacuated at noon today (2 February) after a bomb scare. A suspect, wearing a military uniform, was arrested soon afterwards by a special anti-terror police unit, according to local press. The suspect had left a set of car keys in front of the Parliament, on Rue Montoyer. The institution’s security… » read more

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