In Brussels, part of the EU Parliament has been shut because cracks have quite literally appeared in the ceiling. The structural damage, spotted in the main debating chamber on Monday, has led to calls from some MEPs for the parliament to be permanently moved to its other, less frequently used seat, in Strasbourg.
French centre-right MEP Michèle Striffler said: ‘‘Essentially the problem is that from a historical point of view and the EU treaties, the parliament is based in Strasbourg. That’s why I’ve called for sessions to be held in Strasbourg, as the texts demand.’‘
Critics of the parliament’s duel location, however, say Strasbourg isn’t the answer.