Strasbourg (France)
European lawmakers challenge France to end 'traveling circus'
European lawmakers challenge France to end 'traveling circus'

In a bid to save money, time and the environment, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to abandon its redundant meeting site in the French city of Strasbourg and gather instead at bloc headquarters in Brussels. But as convincing as the 483-141 vote was in highlighting the waste of having 766 Brussels-based lawmakers shuttle to Strasbourg for mandatory monthly sessions, the decision is likely to be only symbolic for the time being. Under European Union rules dating to the parliament's founding in 1952, any fundamental change in operations must be approved unanimously by what are now 28 member states. And France, as host of the monthly four-day sessions in...