Coming up in Strasbourg: from Brexit to watching TV abroad

On the plenary agenda are the latest guidelines on Brexit negotiations, the use of on-demand platforms across borders, the EU’s role in ending conflict in Syria and a visit from the UN’s top chief.

To lie or die: EU lawmakers voice concern over gay rights in Chechnya

Amid international concern sparked by a reported crackdown on gay people in Chechnya, the European Parliament stands up for the defence of fundamental LGBTI rights in the Russian region and in the world.

The House of European History: a tale like no other

It used to be a place where disadvantaged children could get their teeth checked. It’s now the House of European History, with a permanent exhibit of more than 4,000 square meters on foundational events in Europe’s recent history up to the [...]

“When freedom of the press ends, so does democracy.”

MEP Jaromír Štětina is a former journalist who lost his job during the Prague Spring back in 1968. For World Press Freedom Day, he reflects on how crucial freedom of expression is in countering fake news.

Private security companies: stricter rules and more oversight

At present, there is no legally binding legislation regulating private security companies or PSCs. A parliamentary committee wants to strengthen accountability and oversight of some 40,000 PSCs in the EU.

Turkey’s bid to join the EU under unprecedented strain

After a referendum granted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers earlier this month, the European Parliament voices growing concern about the country’s bid to join the EU.

5 numbers to take away from Brussels this week

Five numbers to take away from plenary this week: debates on Turkey and Hungary, protecting children online, the Minamata Convention, and a debate with „Mr Euro“ on the Greek crisis.

Coming up in Brussels: from a new museum to the sharing economy

The House of European History opens its doors next week, while MEPs are set to discuss the EU’s blacklist of countries at risk of money laundering, regulating private security companies and more during committee meetings.

European cultural heritage: ties that bind

The European Parliament is voting on making 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage, highlighting the diversity, shared history and rich cultures that make Europe what it is today.

Coming up in Brussels: Turkey, Hungary, Geo-blocking and more

Up for discussion next week are states of play in Turkey and Hungary, a flagship initiative on the garment industry, as well as rules on geo-blocking and audio-visual content.