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European Parliament
Legislative assembly of the European Union (EU). Inaugurated in 1958 as the Common Assembly, the European Parliament originally consisted of representatives selected by the national parliaments of EU member countries. Beginning in 1979, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were elected by direct universal suffrage to terms of five years. There are more than 700 members. The number of members per country varies depending on population; for example, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom have more than 70 MEPs each, while Cyprus, Estonia, Luxembourg, and Malta each have fewer than 7.The vast majority of MEPs sit in one of... more...

Related Topics: Member of Parliament, European Economic Community, European Union, European Central Bank, Treaty of Lisbon, European Council