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Spain 'goes nuclear' on Catalonia

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Civil rights leader Al Sharpton says Trump 'channels' racism

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Moment of truth: Spain sets in motion direct rule over Catalonia

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PEOPLE & PROFIT

Must it come down? Market analysts bracing for correction

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Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to vote on autonomy

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France considers tough new laws to crack down on sexual harassment

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Inside the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Morocco

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California: When your home is reduced to ashes

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#balancetonporc: Sexual harassment and gender inequality in France

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TALKING EUROPE

Politicians, activists and researchers debate the issues facing the EU and a 'guest of the week' offers their insight in a long-format interview that gets to the heart of the matter. Saturday at 12.10 pm.

Latest update : 2017-03-13

Where does the European Parliament's money go?

The European Parliament has an annual budget of €1.7 billion. In total, over 7,500 people work there, on a full- or part-time basis, including of course the EU's 751 MEPs. All together, those MEPs cost EU taxpayers an annual total of €224 million in salaries and costs. In this debate we take a closer look at the costs, in particular the allowances, of MEPs.

The EU anti-fraud agency OLAF has accused a number MEPs, including French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, of misusing parliamentary funds and ordered them to repay hundreds of thousands of euros. For her part, Le Pen is crying foul, calling it a politically motivated attack.

A programme presented by Eve Irvine
Produced by Isabelle Romero and Anais Guérard

By Eve IRVINE

Our guests

Ingeborg GRÄSSLE

German MEP, CDU (European People’s Party)

James CARVER

British MEP, UKIP (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy)

Ulrike LUNACEK

Austrian MEP, The Greens

Bruno GOLLNISCH

French MEP, National Front

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2017-10-14 tax evasion

Internet giants: Too big to be taxed?

In Europe, Internet giants are taking advantage of the patchwork of different tax arrangements that exist to pocket large sums of money for themselves - leaving the taxman...

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2017-10-14 Europe

EU’s Karl-Heinz Lambertz: ‘Empowering regions and cities very important for Europe’s future’

The head of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions defends the idea of strengthening the bloc’s regions and cities, and denies that its regional policy and funding have...

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2017-07-10 Brexit

What next on Brexit? EU parliament says progress 'not sufficient'

It's the biggest earthquake to shake the European Union and progress on the UK's exit from the bloc is not up to scratch. That was the message sent by MEPs who recently backed a...

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2017-10-07 Catalonia

Spain's FM says Catalan claims of violence exaggerated

Spain's Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis has spoken to FRANCE 24 as the ongoing crisis over Catalonia's push for independence shows little sign of abating.

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2017-09-20 referendum

'The door is open for dialogue with Madrid,' says Carles Puigdemont

Carles Puigdemont is president of Spain’s Catalonia region. As national authorities crack down on the region’s preparations for an October 1 independence referendum that Madrid...

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