The Strasbourg sickness hides other ailments

The ECJ's version of how the European Parliament works is rather different from the reality.

The European Court of Justice did last week what courts often do: it upheld the legal status quo. The European Union’s treaty requires the European Parliament to meet 12 times a year in Strasbourg. Until member states decide otherwise, that will remain the case. The ECJ recognised that the Parliament’s changes to the 2012 and 2013 calendars for plenary sessions were a sleight of hand and said that the Parliament has to change its calendar for 2013.

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