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The EU divides opinion but whatever your views it is important to have your say — through voting in the May election and joining in the Citizens’ Dialogue events around Europe

The EU has to change - or it will shake itself apart

If the EU really wants to reconnect with the voters then it needs to learn to respect nation states

French far-right MEP Marine Le Pen could face charges over comparing Muslims to Nazis

Immunity granted to her as a member of European Parliament has been lifted

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. The Andes.

Tory rebels (clockwise from top right): Lord Tebbit, former Cabinet minister; Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid-Bedfordshire; Gerald Howarth, MP for Aldershot and former Defence minister; Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough

'Proud' PM stands by gay marriage bill despite rebellion by 130 Tory MPs

But David Cameron could face a vote of confidence in an attempt to oust him as Conservative leader before the 2015 general election

The practice of discards allows fleets to net quantities of fish exceeding their quota, then throw any unwanted dead fish overboard

EU ministers agree to overhaul fish dumping policy in bid to revive stocks

Greenpeace warn watered down proposals threaten the chances of reforming rules

Ukip isn't the only Eurosceptic party on the rise. But the Union is safe for now

In terms of wielding real power, these parties rarely make headway

Can Ukip handle the trials of local government?

The party will need to convert eurosceptic zeal to dealing with complaints about drains

Tories 'must honour EU referendum pledge, says Theresa May following heavy Conservative losses to Ukip in council elections

The Conservatives must give voters “greater certainty” that they will be given a say on Britain's membership of the European Union, Home Secretary Theresa May acknowledged on Saturday.

This February, Marta Andreasen became the third MEP to quit Ukip in two years

Ex-MEP Marta Andreasen claims Ukip peddles ‘lies’ as high-profile Tory MP Priti Patel's father announces he is standing for election

Former MEP claims Nigel Farage is to blame for failing to vet candidates with far-right links

Andy McSmith's Diary: From plebgate to PR adviser, it’s all in a £3,000 day’s work

Andrew Mitchell, the former Chief Whip, has found a lucrative new way to fill his time now that he is no longer burdened with the responsibilities of government.

The view from Europe: To regain its credibility, there are some areas where the EU should just butt out

We need a clearer definition of where the EU's responsibilities end

Margaret Thatcher had a complex relationship with the European Union

'A great politician and an exceptional person': European leaders react to Margaret Thatcher's death

The former prime minister had a complex relationship with the European Union

James Ashton: Junking junk mail may not be such a good idea

Lunch with an advertising executive on Tuesday persuaded me that all was mostly well in the land of black rollnecks.

A Sami-speaking Finnish villager

One man's fight to protect Europe's dying languages

Corsican-speaking MEP to present report on dwindling dialects to European Parliament

Mennea, above, crosses the line first in the Olympic 200 metres final in Moscow in 1980

Pietro Mennea: Olympic sprint champion whose 200 metres world record stood for 17 years

While some sprinters manage to look relaxed in action, he always looked frantic, almost fanatical

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