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MEPs approve deal on posted workers

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Member states gain leeway to inspect companies they suspect of social dumping.

MEPs yesterday (16 April) approved rules on the posting of workers from one European Union member state to another, giving governments greater powers to check that employers do not ignore national rules on pay, working hours and social security.  

Under the reform of the 1996 posting of workers directive, member states will have to inform the European Commission of the measures [...] Read more

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MEPs to vote on 70 pieces of legislation as they wrap up this term's work.

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Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, has defended his decision to prevent MEPs voting on criticisms of his behaviour in the Dalli affair.

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Among the many current MEPs who will not be seeking re-election next month are a few whose absence will actually be noticed when the next Parliament convenes in July.

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Maltese MEPs have a good track record of going on to big things in national politics: Joseph Muscat, the prime minister, and Simon Busuttil, leader of the opposition, are among those who have served in the European Parliament.

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When Valdis Dombrovskis stepped down as prime minister in late November after the collapse of a shopping centre in Riga, domestic politics in Latvia went into a holding pattern.

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