One of the few things upon which both proponents and opponents of the European Union (EU) are able to agree is that the pace of European integration has been rapid and continuing. Whether it should be, or not, is what separates the two. In this process of change, the EU’s institutions are, often simultaneously, both the propagators of change and the ‘reapers’ of this integrationist dynamic; and none more so than the European Parliament (EP). Indeed, of all the EU’s institutions, the EP has come furthest and fastest in the enhancement of its role and powers since what was, in many respects, a ‘standing start’ after the first direct European elections in 1979.
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