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European Parliament, 2024

The Parliament acts as a co-legislator, sharing with the Council the power to adopt and amend legislative proposals and to decide on the EU budget. It also supervises the work of the Commission and other EU bodies and cooperates with national parliaments of EU countries to get their input.


705 MEPs decide policy for the 27 countries of the EU. The MEPs are elected by each country with Ireland involved in a week of counts due to the proportional representation system in place in Ireland. The parliament sis 91 days per year in both Brussels and Strasbourg where the French speak German and the Germans speak French due to Strasbourg changing hands from 1870 German to 1945 France. A very valid reason for lasting peace within EU membership. War is not tolerated in the EU. An MEP is paid €120,000 with €48,000 annually in unvouched expenses why not go for it!




The EU is the second largest economy and trading bloc to the US, based on GDP China is hampered its by 700 million poor. Ireland joined the EU in 1973 so transforming a poorly performing economy to, today a high powered, high tech country attractive to head offices of high tech companies contributing to Ireland's GDP. The 7 day counting of votes of MEPs is due to the proportional representational system. Two women MEPs voted in at the same time, one a horse rider the other the winner of the lovely girls competition are adequately prepared for Brussels/Strasbourg. They objected to being called girls, when, they exist to 'enhance male superiority, women want to be liked, the cannot be themselves.'


The expected right wing surge did not happen, voters preferred the main stream political parties. The European Peoples Party, EPP elected von der Leyen as European Parliament president. A reduced intake means the EPP , must enter a coalition to secure enough votes for von der Leyen to be re-elected.


Directives regarding the re-wetting of farmland are impractical with the original draining creating extensive arable land. Immigration severely impacting Italy and Greece has to be modeled on first country first asylum application, and or, applying for wok permits before entering the relevant country. US bombing of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan 'for their own good' has led to the present refugee crisis. The EU can absorb a reasonable immigration level but not the current unprecedented surge.


The EU must prepare for future conflicts with the second European Army due be set up, the first European Army? The Waffen SS 1939-45, highly successful. Russia remains an unknown quantity, struggling to overcome Ukraine, Russia's economy is overheating.



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