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Nestor  

More than 2,000 years before the scientific means were developed to prove the existence of atoms, ancient Greeks already theorised about their existence. Their descendants continue to be at the forefront of scientific research as shown by the Nestor project in Pylos, in southwestern Greece. This involves creating an underwater telescope at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. It will track neutrinos in a bid to unravel some of the universe’s biggest mysteries. (Read more: Nestor: unravelling the universe’s mysteries from the bottom of the sea )

 
 
Get the picture: first ever event with Instagram followers at the Parliament Photo gallery - Institutions / Information06-08-2014 - 09:00

Something words fail to capture the full European Parliament experience, but pictures certainly can help. In May the Parliament organised its first ever instameet, a special event in Strasbourg for its Instagram followers. They had the opportunity to take photos in and around the Parliament and post them using the hashtag #EPinstameet. (Read more: Get the picture: first ever event with Instagram followers at the Parliament )

 
 

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

Others Institutions / Information04-08-2014 - 09:00
Best articles story picture_  

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
EP on Foursquare  

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
Students studying together outside © Belga/Easyphotostock/T. Olson  

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 )

 
 

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 )

 
 
EP building in Brussels  

MEPs will be having committee meetings from 21 to 24 July, which will include discussing the priorities of the new Italian presidency of the EU Council with Italian ministers. Trade commissioner Karel De Gucht will discuss progress on the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the international trade committee. In addition the names of the three finalists of the Parliament's Lux film prize are announced on Tuesday. (Read more: EP this week: Ukraine debate, Council presidency and US free-trade agreement )