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Young, promising and unemployed. It might be International Youth Day on 12 August, but for the more than 5.3 million Europeans under 25 without a job, there will be little to celebrate. All the more reason for the EU to make tackling unemployment a priority. Read on to discover what is being done to help young people. (Read more: International Youth Day: how the EU is working to reduce unemployment )

 
 

Up north: reviving Sámi culture

Others Culture08-08-2014 - 09:00
 

Welcome to Nuorgam in Finland, the EU’s northernmost point. The sun kisses the monumental fells next to the small village, while stunted mountain birches push themselves through the snow. Spring is coming, but wind still gets under the clothes. It is in this beautiful setting that the Sámi live. This article was originally published in May as part of our Frontiers of the EU series. We are republishing it to mark the International Day of Indigenous Peoples on 9 August. (Read more: Up north: reviving Sámi culture )

 
 

Summer reading: top five of Parliament's most popular articles

Others Institutions / Information04-08-2014 - 09:00
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The quality of life in Europe today, Ukraine, a photo contest, the composition of the new Parliament and cheaper phone calls were the topics of our most-read articles of the first half of the year on the European Parliament’s website. Check out our links to experience the highlights of the year so far. (Read more: Summer reading: top five of Parliament's most popular articles )

 
 

Re-discover Europe with Parliament’s new Foursquare list

Others Institutions / Information / Tourism01-08-2014 - 09:00
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An abandoned rail road, a sand castle and a secret Soviet bunker... Last year Parliament asked you to discover Europe with the help of our list of 28 little-known attractions, one per member state. This year, we are making a tradition of it and asking you to re-discover Europe once again with our new Foursquare tip list. (Read more: Re-discover Europe with Parliament’s new Foursquare list )

 
 
Vanessa, 20 from Germany: "I'm a voter at the EP elections"  

Greek student Aliki, Irish entrepreneur Trish and Danish designers Jens and Sedsel were among the faces of the EP’s election information campaign before the European elections. They shared with all of us why the EU matters to them and why voting was so important. These are their stories (Read more: This time it was different: the voices of the 2014 European elections )

 
 

28 July 1914: the day an isolated crisis turned into a global conflict

Others Institutions / Culture28-07-2014 - 09:00
A picture acquired from the historical archives of Sarajevo on June 28, 2014 shows Archduke Franz Ferdinand inspecting his troops during military manoeuvre, on June 27, 1914 in Sarajevo, the day before his assassination. ©BELGA_AFP_HISTORICAL ARCHIVES OF SARAJEVO  

Exactly 100 years ago Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, triggering a conflict that would soon spread throughout Europe and the world and become known as the Great War. “Remembering this lesson is the best way to honour those who fought and died”, EP president Martin Schulz said ahead of the sad anniversary. (Read more: 28 July 1914: the day an isolated crisis turned into a global conflict )

 
 

Record-breaking number of students take part in Erasmus programme

Others Institutions / Education / Youth25-07-2014 - 10:56
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Erasmus keeps getting bigger and better! In 2012-2013 a record-breaking 270,000 students took part in one of the popular EU programmes for studying or training abroad. And the numbers are expected to rise even further in the future as the European Parliament backed the new and improved Erasmus+ programme that kicks off this September. What are the most popular destinations and which students are the most active in the programme? Read on. (Read more: Record-breaking number of students take part in Erasmus programme )

 
 

The EU's energy dependence: facts and figures

Others Energy24-07-2014 - 16:26
 

The EU imports more than half of the energy it consumes and that can make it vulnerable to external energy suppliers such as Russia. To improve the situation, the European Commission presented a plan to reduce this dependence, which was discussed by Parliament’s industry committee this week. Read on to find out the key facts and figures about the EU’s energy imports and how it varies from country to country. (Read more: The EU's energy dependence: facts and figures )

 
 

US free-trade deal: "In the end Parliament decides on the agreements"

Others Economic and monetary affairs24-07-2014 - 11:23
INTA chairman Bernd Lange  

A free-trade agreement with the US has the potential to boost the European economy with billions, but this should not come at the expense of consumers or workers. Last week the sixth round of negotiation of the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took place. We spoke to Bernd Lange, a German member of the S&D group who is the chair of the international trade committee, about the agreement and other upcoming challenges for the committee. (Read more: US free-trade deal: "In the end Parliament decides on the agreements" )

 
 

Italian Council presidency: MEPs share their views on the priorities

Others European Council / Institutions23-07-2014 - 09:30
Decorations of the Italian Presidency at the EU Council headquarters  

Italy took over the EU Council presidency from Greece on 1 July. During the Parliament's first plenary session since the European elections, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi told MEPs it was necessary for Europe to act with conviction and determination. We asked the leading Italian MEPs in Parliament's political groups for their views and expectations for the next six months. (Read more: Italian Council presidency: MEPs share their views on the priorities )