An official delegation from the European Parliament is planning to visit Tehran in a few days. The Parliament's Conference of Presidents on Thursday in Strasbourg approved the controversial proposal. The delegation plans to leave around 28 April.
At present EU law is supreme to UK law and this is a major sticking point for many Eurosceptics and is often used as an argument for the UK's exit from the EU. But what would the legal implications of the UK's exit from the EU actually be? Would EU law be completely rejected in favour of national law?
The European Parliament's vote this week against delaying the release of some 900 million carbon allowances (known as the 'back-loading' proposal) is disappointing on several grounds.
Unfortunately, it's not just the rich and famous who show a cavalier attitude towards supporting their offspring. It is an all too common problem, made worse in some cases because the reluctant parent lives abroad. If it is difficult to claim from an ex in your own country, it proves even more challenging when they live somewhere with a different language and legal system.
While the West frets over the increasingly bellicose utterances of North Korea's deranged delinquent dictator and wrings its hands in frustration over the on-going bloodbath in Syria, attention has strayed from Iraq as it spirals towards civil war.
The Euromyth has fuelled journalists for many years. Some of the stories have been ludicrous, some have been genuinely funny. Plenty have been disingenuous.
The European Parliament is now working on making sure that the recycling of maritime vessels is done in a shipshape manner.
The UK is not a favoured destination for Romanians and Bulgarians, with Spain, Italy and Germany more attractive to prospective migrants. However, there is still considerable uncertainty, since migration is highly dependent on economic, political and social factors in sending and potential host countries.
In the coming weeks, it will be the Commission's role to help the Council and the European parliament find an agreement for the 2014-2020 financial period. And Europe does need that agreement. We must ensure that future EU budgets will help Europe's businesses, scientists, students and NGOs.
After endless hours of discussions, litres of coffee and a copious amount of frustration, an agreement on the rescue of Cyprus's banks has finally been hammered out.
Brussels have decided the unravelling of the Euro and the wider European Project is unthinkable; in order to save the post-World War II consensus, principles and agreements are now void. The euro must be saved at all costs. Merkel has resigned to accepting the end will justify the means; a banking and political union must occur, regardless of the path of misery that awaits the periphery.
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The gap between what member states are asking the EU to do and what they are willing to pay for is unsustainable. Either they dial down their demands or provide the institutions with realistic means.
Putting cash on deposit makes you a creditor. And in financial crises, the creditor always pays in the end (borrowers can't; they don't have any money). Whether through inflation, default or a 'levy', savers are sure to suffer in the end.
Last year saw more than 3800 Palestinians arrested and detained by Israeli security services. This constitutes a 16% increase compared to 2011. By the end of 2012, more than 4,750 Palestinians were kept in detention inside Israel.
To be honest if you had come up to me a month ago and asked my stance on Eco-issues then I would have probably told you to go away and not waste my time. But, some thorough research and less ignorant understanding lead me to believe very differently. Those beliefs being that what happens to these animals is horrific, and all because you want a lipstick and foundation to cover your so called "blemishes."