EU lowers UK flag outside European Parliament building in Brussels | AFP

European officials remove the British flag outside the European Parliament building in Brussels, four hours ahead of Britain’s midnight departure, symbolising its withdrawal from the European Union. IMAGES

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European Parliament ratifies Brexit deal, sealing UK exit | AFP

The European Parliament votes overwhelmingly to approve the Brexit deal with London, clearing the final hurdle for Britain’s departure from the EU. The vote at the parliament in Brussels passes by 621 to 49, prompting MEPs to burst into a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne”, a traditional Scottish song of farewell. IMAGES

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EU parliament approves von der Leyen commission | AFP

The incoming president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wins a comfortable majority to approve her line-up of top officials. Members of the European Parliament voted by 461 to 157 to approve the new European Commission, with only 89 abstentions. The new team will take office on Sunday. IMAGES

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Europe’s multinational parliament | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating and explaining the various key institutions of the European Union. Brussels’ next top official Ursula von der Leyen presents her top team to the European Parliament on Wednesday, hoping to finally put a difficult transition behind her.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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The European Union | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating and explaining how the European Union works. Brussels’ next top official Ursula von der Leyen presents her top team to the European Parliament on Wednesday, hoping to finally put a difficult transition behind her.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Juncker: UK has put forward no “concrete and operational” alternatives to backstop

Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not yet made any concrete proposals to replace the backstop.

EU official: The UK PM’s plan is for a No-Deal Brexit

A member of the Brexit Steering Group in the European Parliament is accusing U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of putting on a show for the British people instead of properly negotiating with the EU.

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Videographic illustrating and explaining the various key institutions of the European Union. Ursula von der Leyen learns on Tuesday whether the European Parliament is ready to approve her bid to become the first female president of the European Commission.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Newly elected EU chiefs meet | AFP

The new President of the European Commission, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, meets with the new President of the European Parliament, Italian social democrat David Sassoli. IMAGES

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Italian social democrat elected new European Parliament president | AFP

Italian social democrat MEP David Sassoli wins a vote to become the new president of the European Parliament, completing the roster of top EU jobs. IMAGES

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Women in the European Parliament | AFP Animé

Videographic showing the number of women in the European Parliament and how their influence has evolved over the years. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Brexit Party MEPs turn their back to European anthem at EU Parliament | AFP

Brexit Party MEPs turn their back to European anthem during the inaugural session of the new European Parliament. IMAGES

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Protest at European Parliament in support of elected Catalans | AFP

A demonstration in support of the three Catalan separatists elected at the end of May to the European Parliament but who will not be able to take up their seats has taken place in Strasbourg as the new parliament holds its first session. IMAGES

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Scotland’s First Minister votes in European poll

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has cast her vote in the elections to European Parliament. It marked the first of four days of voting across the 28-nation bloc. Sturgeon voted in Glasgow, Scotland.

Lib Dem leader Vince Cable heads to polls for EU vote

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, heads to the polls to elect the UK’s future representatives in the European Parliament, an election the country did not expect to hold nearly three years after the Brexit referendum.

No polling-station lines for Estonian i-voters

Estonia was crippled by cyberattacks on government networks during a dispute with Russia in 2007. Today the tiny tech-savvy nation is so certain of its cyber defenses that it is the only country in the world to allow internet voting for the entire electorate, in every election, and thousands have already done so ahead of elections to the European Parliament.

European MPs try to visit Julian Assange in prison

Members of the European Parliament and German Parliament try to visit Julian Assange in prison, saying that European governments should “prevent the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States of America”.