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Safety first: protecting children from watching harmful videos online 

Children are at risk of coming across videos containing violence or hate speech when online. The culture committee proposed several measures to better protect them when it adopted its position on a proposed update of the audiovisual media services directives on 25 April. But do you know how much time children spend online or the best way to protect them from harmful content? Watch our video to find out.

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E-privacy: MEPs look at new rules to safeguard your personal details online 

The EU could soon have new privacy rules to take account of new practices such as internet-based messaging and allow users better control of their privacy settings, especially when it comes to cookies. Parliament's civil liberties committee discussed the plans by the European Commission on 11 April. Marju Lauristin, the MEP responsible for steering the rules through Parliament, said that if companies providing communication services wanted to be trusted they needed to ensure confidentiality.

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Security: "We need to work quickly and effectively in order to combat terrorism" 

Only days after the terrorist attack in London the civil liberties committee discussed the EU's security situation with German Interior Minister Interior Thomas de Maizière and his French counterpart Matthias Fekl debated on 27 March. Both ministers spoke about the need to secure the EU's external borders, to better share information between EU countries and to address the new challenges of radicalisation and terrorism.

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Infographic: MEPs want to boost European defence by increasing cooperation 

EU countries could achieve more on defence by pooling resources and coordinating their planning. Billions of euros are wasted every year due to duplication, overcapacity and barriers to procurement. MEPs adopted a report on it in plenary on 16 March. Defence cooperation is becoming more important because of increasing security challenges in Europe and the US pushing its European partners to invest more in defence.

Our infographic sums up all measures Parliament has taken to fight terrorism since January 2015        

Infographic: how Parliament is addressing the terrorism threat 

Europeans becoming radicalised and travelling to fight in Iraq or Syria represent a growing threat to the EU. Most of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe were perpetrated by home-grown terrorists. MEPs adopted on 16 February new rules to ensure stronger checks at the EU's external borders and prevent the preparation of terrorist acts. Check out our infographic for an overview of measures to tackle terrorism Parliament has been working on.

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Data protection: "Snowden case showed US needs to deliver on trustworthy rules" 

Trust in the US took a hit following revelations of mass surveillance by Edward Snowden, but an agreement on data protection adopted by MEPs today should help to restore it. The deal known as the umbrella agreement covers the transfer of all personal data exchanged across the Atlantic when dealing with criminal offences, including terrorism. Green German MEP Jan Albrecht, who was responsible for steering the deal through Parliament", said it would ensure “high standards and high protection”.

Some say NATO is enough, others believe the EU needs to develop some military capabilities. An interview with two leading MEPs on the question.

EU defence: more Nato or closer cooperation between member states? 

Europe is facing unprecedented security challenges. Will the traditional reliance on Nato suffice or should the EU invest more in its own defence and move towards stronger cooperation between member states? On Monday 24 October the foreign affairs committee votes on a report calling for a permanent and systematic defence cooperation between EU countries as part of a European Defence Union. Find out more in our video interview with prominent MEPs.

Urmas Paet, who is writing a report on the  European Defense Union        

Nato summit: “Europe has to do more on its own defence”  

An EU army is not on the cards for the time being, however closer cooperation on security and defence is becoming more important. During the Nato summit starting in Warsaw today, the EU and Nato will sign a declaration aimed at strengthening cooperation, while setting out an effective division of responsibilities. We asked Estonian liberal MEP Urmas Paet, who is drafting a report on the European Defence Union, whether EU countries are ready for working more closely together on security.