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COMMENTLast week's plenary session in Strasbourg marked the end of the parliamentary term. We look back at the successes and failures of the 2009-14 Parliament.

The European Union's Lisbon treaty entered into force in December 2009, half a year after elections to the European Parliament. (The sequence was supposed to be reversed, but Ireland's voters delayed things.) The treaty gave the MEPs elected in June 2009 unprecedented powers over legislation, budgets, trade deals and other [...] Read more

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