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New MEPs enter European Parliament

30 June 2014 Last updated at 22:52 BST

The European elections in May saw big gains for protest parties and fringe groups on both the political left and right, but will that change the nature of the European Parliament?

The new session for Euro MPs has begun, and the BBC's Chris Morris offers a guide to the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union.

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