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The travelling circus

MEPs returned to Strasbourg last week for the first plenary session after the summer break to hear some good news: the next two sessions would be held during a single week in October—saving MEPs their second September trip across the border. However, MEPs soon learned that the advocate general to the Court of Justice considers the two-sessions-in-a-week plan to be “inconsistent” with treaty requirements. As one MEP forlornly puts it: “In reality, it is the insistence that the Parliament meets 12 times a year in Strasbourg that is inconsistent: inconsistent with logic.”

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