September is not just a time when trees start shedding their leaves and university students dust off their books, it's also when the European Parliament returns from the summer recess and starts work on legislation that will affect the lives of everyone living in the European Union.
Labour MP Austin Mitchell has suggested that women prefer to discuss family and "social issues" rather than "big issues like
Danny Alexander, George Osborne's Liberal Democrat deputy, has been awkwardly undermined by Treasury civil servants in his
The current nine female commissioners have called for 10 or more women in the new team, while Juncker himself called gender balance 'a political must'. With 37% women among its own ranks, the European Parliament will be in no mind for compromise.
Jean-Claude Juncker will meet the European Parliament's political groups on 8 and 9 July, ahead of the vote on his candidacy on 15 July. Before the vote, Juncker will give a statement in the chamber, followed by a debate. The former prime minister of Luxembourg will need a simple majority of at least 376 MEPs in order to get the Commission's top job.
David Cameron has the political luxury of not having to answer the toxic question: if not Juncker, who? Unlike John Major, he can luxuriate indefinitely in the plaudits of eurosceptic MPs and newspapers, with Ukip confounded and Labour wrong-footed.
Britain has attracted no more overseas investment as a member of the European Union than it would have done alone, research
Danny Alexander, George Osborne's Liberal Democrat deputy, is risking a new coalition rift by using official Treasury analysis
David Cameron is making a last-ditch attempt this week to stop former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the