Politico: Damn the populists! MEPs back closer cooperation17 February 2017 | 03:12 | FOCUS News Agency
However, there was far from unanimous support for the proposals, showing that the European Parliament is just as split as the rest of the Continent when it comes to the future of the EU.
Of the 751 MEPs, 329 voted in favor of a report called “Improving the functioning of the European Union,” by Italian center-left MEP Mercedes Bresso and Elmar Brok, a veteran of the German center-right.
They then adopted, with 283 votes in favor, another report on “Possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional set-up of the European Union,” drafted by the leader of the liberal MEPs, Guy Verhofstadt.
The third report, passed with 304 votes in favor, was drafted by center-right German Reimer Böge and the center-left French MEP Pervenche Berès and calls for the eurozone’s budget capacity to be increased.
The resolutions contain a few actual proposals, including creating an EU finance minister and a permanent council of defense ministers as well as scrapping the Parliament’s seat in Strasbourg.
The reports have been in the making for more than two years but kept being postponed because of the Greek crisis and the Brexit referendum, among other issues.
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