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European Parliament's declaration on climate is a big deal

The European Parliament declared a "climate and environmental emergency" Thursday, calling on the incoming European Commission to take a stronger stance on fighting climate change.

European Union mulls making end-to-end encryption mandatory

The European Parliament has proposed that end-to-end encryption should be used to protect all forms of online communication. The legislation would outlaw "backdoors" in software and seek to extend the digital privacy rights of EU citizens.

In run-up to Yoga Day, EU parliamentarians have yoga session

A group of parliamentarians from the European Union conducted a curtain-raiser session as a preview to International Yoga Day on June 21.

Demand for separate Scottish representation in European Union

Edinburgh - The Scottish National Party (SNP), the governing party in Scotland’s devolved parliament based in Edinburgh, today called for Scotland to have its own representation in the European Union (EU) and other international bodies.

EU left-wing delegation blocked by Israel from entering Gaza

Tel Aviv - A delegation of five Spanish left-wing politicians, along with eight EU delegates from Cyprus, France, Ireland and Portugal, have been denied entry into the Gaza Strip, where they wished to report on the impact of recent actions by the IDF in that area.

European Parliament condemns 'illegal' US drone strikes

European lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last week to condemn US unmanned aerial drone strikes as violations of international law and of the sovereignty of targeted nations.

EU Parliament names Snowden finalist for the 2013 Sakharov Prize

Brussels - The European Parliament has named Edward Snowden, NSA Whistleblower, a finalist for the coveted and prestigious international human rights award, the 2013 Sakharov Prize. Jesselyn Radack of GAP read a statement by Snowden to the EU Parliament on Monday.

EU Parliament Civil Liberties Committee to investigate NSA spying

Brussels - As global repercussions grow in response to Edward Snowden's disclosure of the worldwide NSA surveillance, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, created by the European Parliament, has scheduled a series of meetings.

European Parliament members warn US drone policy destabilizing

Brussels - European politicians warn that US drone policy puts "global stability and international order at risk" through the policy of targeted extrajudicial killing of suspected terrorists.

European Parliament to vote on resolution banning all pornography

Brussels - On March 12 MEP's are to vote on a resolution calling for the elimination of "gender stereotypes in the EU." Article 17 of the resolution proposes a ban on all pornography in the media and could lead to Internet censorship if passed.

MEPs cost British taxpayers more than Westminster politicians

As the debate over the U.K. remaining in the European Union continues, figures regarding the costs of European Members of Parliament (MEPs) have been revealed as three times higher than those of Westminster politicians.

End for ACTA in Europe as EC withdraws court appeal over treaty

Brussels - It's pretty much the end of the road for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, as least as far as Europe is concerned. ACTA, which would protect copyright over free speech on the Internet, will not feature in the EU.

European Parliament rejects ACTA

Strasbourg - It is now official: the European Parliament has today rejected the draconian Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in a plenary session.

The International Trade Committee of EU Parliament rejects ACTA

Brussels - The INTA committee rejected the controversial legislation by 19 votes to 12 with no abstentions, and is the fourth and final committee to deliver its report on ACTA.

Review: The latest UKIP videos

If you thought politics was both boring and deadly serious, check out the latest videos uploaded to YouTube by the UK Independence Party.

UKIP leader Farage furore over Nazi jibe in European Parliament

British eurosceptic MP Nigel Farage caused outrage amongst German politicians in the European Parliament when he compared the proposals to demand Greek budgetary sovereignty, to a Nazi occupation.

WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning faces military court for first time

US Army analyst Bradley Manning – accused of leaking sensitive information to WikiLeaks – is today facing a court for the first time since his incarceration in May 2010.

Bradley Manning gets support from his mother’s home nation, Wales

Two European Parliament members from Wales have added their names to an open letter protesting about the treatment of Bradley Manning, the US Army analyst alleged to have leaked sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks.

Op-Ed: Bilderberg – some dare call it conspiracy

Strasbourg - Thirty years ago, only ‘right wing extremists’ and ‘conspiracy theorists’ dared to mention the Bilderberg Group. Earlier this month, it was openly accused in the European Parliament of colluding with the media.

New EU Maternity Leave Proposal Facing Opposition

A European Union proposal to extend compulsory maternity leave to 20 weeks with full pay is being met with criticism from some member states, on grounds ranging from being too onerous for employers to being unfair to fathers.

Finnish Court Upholds Suspension of Priest Elected to EU Body

When Mitro Repo, a priest in the Finnish Orthodox Church, was elected as a member of the European Parliament, he ran afoul of church laws dating back more than 1500 years.

Clinton says US ís an older democracy than Europe's'

Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows on her first visit to Europe as secretary of state when she mispronounced her EU counterparts' names and claimed US democracy was older than Europe's. She visited Egypt ,Israel and the Far East before stopping in Brussels.

Euro-Parliament is a Soviet-dictatorship says Czech president

Czech president Václav Klaus' formal speech at the usually so sedate European Parliament in Brussels raised so many hackles among the socialists that dozens walked out in protest - proving Klaus' claim that the EP brooked no opposite viewpoints.

Op-Ed: Euro Parliament Shoots Down Internet Piracy Proposal

"The vote shows that MEPs want to strike a balance between the interests of rights holders and those of consumers, and that big measures like cutting off internet access shouldn't be used."

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