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Europe’s Parliament: People, Places, Politics

by Stephen Clark and Julian Priestley
£29 / €35 Buy Now
ISBN: 978-0-9571501-0-2 Published: 21 March 2012


“A wonderful book”, 
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

An insiders’ view of what the European Parliament is really like: the environment and atmosphere of Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg; the MEPs and the staff; the internal politics; the personalities; and how the work is actually done. Illustrated throughout with more than 350 photographs, this book will fascinate anyone who has ever wanted to get a flavour of what it’s like to work at the European Parliament.

“Readers will discover the workings of this institution … and also the human drama”, 
Jacques Delors

Table of Contents

Preface, by Jacques Delors

  1. Habitats and inhabitants: Parliament and its people
  2. A Tale of Three Cities
  3. A Dash of Politics
  4. The National Question: The Unspoken Factor
  5. The French in Strasbourg: Vive la Différence!
  6. The Gift of Tongues
  7. The ‘Glittering Prizes’
  8. The Sausage Machine
  9. The Money Men: Looking after the Taxpayer’s Euro
  10. Outside the Consensus – Reformers, Sceptics, Crusaders and Stars
  11. Life’s Rich Pageant
  12. The ‘Deep State’: the Influence of Permanent Officials
  13. Love, Love Me Do – Communicating the European Parliament



Stephen Clark joined the administration of the European Parliament in 1991, and is now the Parliament’s Director for relations with citizens.

Sir Julian Priestley (1950-2017) was Secretary General of the Parliament from 1997 until 2007, then becoming a prominent speaker, writer and adviser on European affairs. He died in April 2017.