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Reading the Express Online you might be forgiven for believing that the European Parliament will vote this week on the creation of an EU army, to be paid for by the British taxpayer. And you would be wrong, for this is another example of "fake news".
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Woman with laptop
New rules to enable EU citizens subscribing to services like “Netflix”, that give access to online music, games, films or sporting events, to enjoy this content while abroad in another EU country were approved by the Legal Affairs Committee in a vote on Tuesday.
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Flags of the European Union and Turkey
MEPs want a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey. In a resolution voted on Thursday, they say Turkey should nonetheless remain “anchored” to the EU. They also pledge to review their position when the "disproportionate repressive measures" under the state of emergency in Turkey are lifted.
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Terrorism, hybrid threats and cyber- and energy insecurity leave EU countries no choice but to step up their security and defence cooperation efforts, thus paving the way to a European Defence Union, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Tuesday. They suggest devoting 2% of GDP to defence, establishing multinational forces and EU headquarters to plan and command crisis management operations, and enabling the EU to act where NATO is unwilling to do so.
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MEPs return to Brussels for a mini-plenary session and a week of committee meetings. Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Brexit negotiator will meet with the European Parliament's president and group leader on Wednesday. Other highlights include a vote on roaming chargers and access to online content abroad. See all the highlights below.
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Events

Exit .
Much uncertainty surrounds the type of trade deal the UK can and will secure with the EU post-Brexit and there is disagreement about the timing. Will talks start as soon as the Article 50 proceedings are triggered or will they have to await their conclusion?
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EU-UK flag puzzle.
What are the implications of Brexit? What should the UK’s priorities be in the negotiations leading to it? Don't miss the opportunity to discuss this with your MEPs.
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Andrei Sakharov
Brexit is throwing up myriad pressing questions, not least among them the residence and citizenship rights for EU nationals in the run-up to withdrawal and after. As things stand, it is unclear what criteria may be applied to determine who will be allowed to stay, on what basis and with what guarantees. The same applies to UK citizens living in other parts of the EU.
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U3A testimonials
The European Parliament Information Office in the UK has been invited to address U3A monthly meetings. These meetings are open to members of the U3A and their guests. Should you wish to book a speaker for your U3A please contact Elisabeth.Sweeney@ep.europa.eu or tel 0207 227 4328.
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Public interest

EU and Member States flags
After the Brexit vote, what happens next? Does the European Parliament have a role in the Brexit negotiations? What is Article 50? In this section of our website we have been collecting information, studies, and articles from different sources in order to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments related to Brexit.#EPonBrexit
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European Emergency Number Association
112 is a general emergency number which you can use in ALL EU countries. Anyone in need can call it 24/7 to reach the fire brigade, ambulance, police or coastguard. The number is free and can be reached by landlines, mobiles and payphones. You can even use it here in the UK instead of 999 (though it does not replace it).
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Educational resources

Students at an educational visit at Europe House
Free educational sessions at Europe House. Specially designed to be interactive, politically neutral and suitable for for 11-18 year olds at schools and colleges, including those studying for GCSE, A-Level and BTEC qualifications. They are completely free of charge. You can also request a session to be held at your school or college.
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Sample Programme Abridged
EUROSCOLA brings together about 600 students from all over the European Union for a day in Strasbourg discussing aspects of European integration, in multilingual working groups of 100 students. It is open to students aged 16-18.
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