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Book launch this Thursday at 6.30 pm

"Europe's Parliament: People, Places, Politics" by Stephen Clark and Julian Priestley

Opening of the Irish Presidency and the 40th Anniversary of Ireland in the EU

Guest Speaker : Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament

European Union House, 43 Molesworth, Dublin 2

To register contact the European Parliament Information Office Tel: 01 605 7900/ Email:

Julian Priestley (left), Stephen Clark (right)
Julian Priestley (left), Stephen Clark (right)

Stephen Clark joined the administration of the European Parliament in 1991. He is currently head of web communications and is heavily involved in the development of Parliament's new online platforms.

Sir Julian Priestley was Secretary General of the European Parliament from 1997 until 2007. He now chairs a Brussels based public affairs company, EPPA, and sits on the Boards of 'Notre Europe', the Paris-based think tank founded by Jacques Delors, and of '', a transparency group.

Together they paint an 'impressionist's canvas' that brings the European Parliament to life. In a vivid portrait they look behind and beyond the formal powers and procedures of the Parliament to explore its history, its culture and special atmosphere, its politics, the personalities who have led it, how it does its work and the army of staff who make it function. The book will entertain and inform both EU insiders and those for whom a trip to the Parliament is a new experience.

The book is illustrated with more than 350 photographs of the places where the Parliament works in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg, its daily life and its people.

In the words of Jacques Delors: 'Readers will discover the workings of this institution ... and also the human drama ... this book will help you better understand this European adventure'.

Table of Contents

Preface, by Jacques Delors
1.Habitats and inhabitants: Parliament and its people
2.A Tale of Three Cities
3.A Dash of Politics
4.The National Question: The Unspoken Factor
5.The French in Strasbourg: Vive la Différence!
6.The Gift of Tongues
7.The 'Glittering Prizes'
8.The Sausage Machine
9.The Money Men: Looking after the Taxpayer's Euro
10.Outside the Consensus - Reformers, Sceptics, Crusaders and Stars
11.Life's Rich Pageant
12.The 'Deep State': the Influence of Permanent Officials
13.Love, Love Me Do - Communicating the European Parliament