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Tears and champagne as commercial flights resume between Ethiopia and Eritrea

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UN warns of 'conspiracy of complacency' in fighting HIV

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Nicaragua: another descent into dictatorship?

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Nicaragua's Boiling Point: Americas divided over Ortega's crackdown

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What the World Cup win means for France

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'Nation-state' bill sparks controversy in Israel

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Young women in China go under the knife to improve job prospects

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Film show: Why we love 'Ant-man and the Wasp'

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Brussels to slap $5 billion fine on Google

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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

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2018-07-16 Catherine NICHOLSON

Eurogroup chief Centeno: 'We need to put an end to what seems to be a trade war in the making'

This summer, there's big economic news for Europe: Greece is formally exiting its bailout programme, the ongoing trade war between the EU and the US, and plans to overhaul the...

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2018-07-16 Catherine NICHOLSON

Maltese foreign minister: ‘We need to implement legal paths of migration into Europe’

Malta is the EU's smallest member state by size and population. It joined the bloc in 2004 and is perhaps best known around the world as a sunny Mediterranean holiday...

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2018-07-09 Catherine NICHOLSON

German MEP David McAllister: 'We need more solidarity in the EU over migrants'

Our guest is senior German MEP David McAllister, a dual British-German national and former leader of the Saxony region considered a potential successor to Angela Merkel. He...

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2018-07-09 Catherine NICHOLSON

Fake news fightback: Should and could disinformation be banned ?

You can call it misinformation, spin, or more recently, fake news. The phenomenon that’s become an obsession in the era of social media is – for French President Emmanuel Macron...

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2018-07-02 Catherine NICHOLSON

Greek FM on migration: 'We need European solutions, not bilateral ones'

This week we're on the sidelines of the latest EU summit, where major themes include the migration crisis and the eurozone economy. Our guest is Geórgios Katroúgalos, the foreign...

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