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Strasbourg is facing a resurgent campaign to stop the European Parliament using it as its once-a-month base. The objection revolves on the cost of MEPs and staff with all their kit trekking to the French city on the border with Germany, from their constituencies or from their base the rest of the time in Brussels.

The fed-up camp says the bill comes to some 200 million euros per year and a largely transport-linked tag of 19,000 tonnes of C02 emissions per year.

Strasbourg was made a part-time parliamentary host city as a symbol of post-war reconciliation. But since then the European bloc of nations has enlarged greatly.

The representatives who made the trip in the early days would resemble a skeleton crew next to an army of lawmakers now. The critics hope to bring the Strasbourg arrangement — even though it is bound by treaty — to an end.