Keyword: EU budget
This Wednesday members of the European Parliament will gather in Strasbourg to vote on the austerity budget that was negotiated by the 27 EU member states last month. According to their public utterances the Euro MPs are set to reject it decisively, triggering a bruising series of negotiations between the powers-that-be in Brussels. But will enough members be won over by domestic pressures to put the no vote in jeopardy? As Ludovic Lamant reports, just one year before the next European elections, this is a crucial test of authority for a group of politicians who often struggle to make their voice heard.