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Summary

  1. MEPs debate report into Panama Papers tax leaks
  2. Its recommendations will be voted on tomorrow
  3. This afternoon MEPs debate Afghanistan and the Rohingya refugee crisis
  4. They also debate US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  5. Abuse of migrants in Libya and defence co-operation also on agenda

Live Reporting

By Paul Seddon

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight & coming up tomorrow

    That's it for tonight - MEPs are back at 08.00 GMT tomorrow, when they will first debate last week’s interim deal on withdrawal issues between the UK and the EU.

    After 11.30 GMT they will vote on a draft motion which recommends that EU leaders should agree to move to talks on the future relationship at their summit later this week.

    MEPs will award their Sakharov human rights prize to political prisoners and the democratic opposition in Venezuela.

    In the afternoon they will debate the future of the passport-free Schengen travel area and plans to beef up the the EU's Brussels-based disaster response team.

  2. MEPs finish the night with...kebabs

    Kebab spit

    Finally tonight, MEPs are debating a proposal from the European Commission to authorise phosphate additives in frozen kebab meat.

    Tomorrow, they are due to vote on a motion objecting to the authorisation on health grounds.

    A resolution from the centre-left and Green groups says authorisation should be withheld pending the results of a scientific study due by the end of next year.

    Some MEPs have health concerns about the additives and a possible link to cardiovascular disease, although this is disputed.

  3. MEPs debate motion on Hong Kong

    Hong Kong skyline

    Next tonight, MEPs are debating a motion drafted by the foreign affairs committee about EU relations with Hong Kong, 20 years after the handover from the UK to China.

    The draft motion, which will be voted on tomorrow, accuses China of “constant interference” in Hong Kong which may put the "one country, two systems" model at risk.

    When the city was handed back from British to Chinese rule in 1997, Beijing agreed to grant the city its own legal system, limited democracy with multiple political parties, and rights like freedom of assembly and free speech.

    But China's growing influence has been met with unease and concerns that the mainland could undermine Hong Kong's more politically liberal traditions.

    The motion also expresses concern at the “increasing harassment” of opposition political parties and the “refusal” of the companies registry to register some pro-democracy groups.

  4. MEPs debate human rights report

    Next tonight, MEPs are debating the foreign affairs committee’s annual report into human rights and democracy around the world.

    The report upholds the EU’s policy of using trade as a tool to advance a “human rights and democracy” in countries outside the bloc.

    It also expresses concern at the “increasing number of attacks” against religious minorities.

  5. Debate on migrant evacuation plan begins

    Ms Mogherini will stay with MEPs to debate an urgent evacuation plan devised two weeks ago for migrants facing abuse in detention camps.

    The move follows the publication of video footage that appeared to show migrants from sub-Saharan Africa being sold in Libya as slaves.

    Libya's UN-backed administration joined the agreement, which was drawn up at an African Union-European Union summit in Ivory Coast.

    However, it has only limited control over the territory, raising questions about how it will work in practice.

  6. MEP criticises 'adverse' timing of Trump decision

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Lars Adaktusson

    Swedish MEP Lars Adaktusson says that Jerusalem has been "part of the state of Israel since its foundation".

    He says recognising the city as Israel's capital is a "correct decision" but with "adverse timing".

    However, he accuses Federica Mogherini of double standards when it comes to condemning unilateral diplomatic moves in the Middle East.

    Although she expressed "deep worries" regarding Donald Trump's latest move, he says she did not do the same when Sweden recognised Palestinian statehood in 2014.

  7. MEP condemns 'irresponsible' US move

    Debate on status of Jerusalem

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Romanian centre-right MEP Cristian Dan Preda says the EU should be "more realistic" about its ability to influence events in the region.

    "Simply repeating that we are in favour of a two-state solution will not make it materialise," he adds.

    Portuguese Socialist Elena Valenciano condemns Donald Trump's move as an "irresponsible act", and says that it goes against international law.

  8. Watch: Why Jerusalem matters

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    Video caption: Why Jerusalem matters
  9. No alternative to dual-capital status for Jerusalem - Mogherini

    Debate on status of Jerusalem

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Federica Mogherini

    Federica Mogherini's marathon performance continues, as she opens the debate on Jerusalem.

    She says the EU believes Jerusalem should eventually be the "capital of two states" - of Israel in the west, and of a Palestinian state in the east.

    There is no alternative solution that is "viable and sustainable", she says.

    "This is the position of the entire European Union," she adds.

  10. Debate on Trump's Jerusalem decision begins

    Protests in Berlin against Donald Trump's decision
    Image caption: Donald Trump's move prompted protests in Berlin

    It looks like President Trump will stay at the tip of MEPs’ tongues for a little while longer, as the next debate is on his decision last week to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    President Trump's announcement reversed decades of US policy on the sensitive issue and has prompted widespread international criticism.

    Yesterday Federica Mogherini said EU states would not recognise the city as Israel's capital before a final status peace agreement.

    She spoke after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wants the EU to follow the US in doing so and called the US decision a recognition of "reality".

  11. MEP: EU should not reject all criticism of deal

    Debate on Iran nuclear deal

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Victor Bostinaru

    Portuguese centre-right MEP Jose Manuel Fernandes says the EU should be open to improving the deal rather than "rejecting all criticism out of hand".

    Romanian social democrat Victor Bostinaru however points out that that international regulators have said nine times that Iran is in compliance with the agreement.

    He adds that even if EU and US economic sanctions relating to the nuclear deal have been lifted, separate sanctions relating to human rights abuses remain in place.

  12. MEPs move to debate on Iran nuclear deal

    Federica Mogherini will remain with MEPs to debate the implementation of the 2015 Iran international nuclear deal.

    The initial framework lifted economic sanctions on Iran in return for limitations to the country's controversial nuclear energy programme.

    Donald Trump has refused to re-certify the deal and has accused Iran of violating some of its terms. The US Congress will now have to decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

    Ms Mogherini said previously said there had been "no violations" by Iran and called the deal "robust".

  13. Mogherini: We are not militarising the EU

    Debate on EU defence co-operation

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Federica Mogherini

    Responding to the debate, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini defends the new defence plans from accusations that it marks a shift in the EU's role.

    The European Commission is not seeking to "militarise" the EU project, she pledges.

    The world needs more EU-style missions that are "working for peace", says.

    Sometimes this "requires hard force" to be "used for the service of peace", she adds.

  14. MEP: End unanimous voting on security policy

    Debate on EU defence co-operation

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Tunne Kelam

    Centre-right Estonian MEP Tunne Kelam calls for the EU to adopt defence and security policy according to weighted qualified majority voting.

    At the moment, such decisions require the support of all member states.

    He also calls for the EU to be able to enforce more "targeted" economic sanctions against individuals guilty of human rights violations.

    He suggests this could be similar to the Magnitsky Act in the United States.

  15. MEPs differ over EU defence role

    Debate on EU defence co-operation

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Johannes Cornelis van Baalen

    Dutch liberal MEP Johannes Cornelis van Baalen says that getting "on one line" with Nato is the best option for Europe's defence.

    However he says the EU needs the capability to act if Nato action cannot take place.

    The threat from Russia, he says, looks different if you're sitting in Estonia rather than the United States.

    However UKIP's James Carver says the EU has "nothing to contribute" when it comes to defence and calls for it to "roll back its ambitions" in this area.

  16. MEPs debate EU defence co-operation

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini will stay with MEPs to debate annual reports into the EU’s common foreign and defence policies.

    They will also debate the EU’s permanent structured military co-operation (PESCO) – its new plan to boost defence co-operation.

    As of this week, 25 out of 28 EU states have signed up to the plan, under which each country has to provide a plan for national contributions.

  17. MEPs call for review of human rights awards

    Debate on Rohingya refugee crisis

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Swedish social democrat Soraya Post says that Aung San Suu Kyi's 2012 Nobel peace prize should be withdrawn due to her lack of a response to violence in Rakine state.

    Estonian Liberal Urmas Paet says it is time to "seriously start thinking" about whether the European Parliament should strip her of the Sakharov human rights prize it awarded her in 1990.

    The freedom of thought prize is awarded annually in memory of Andrei Sakharov, a Soviet scientist and dissident.

  18. EU chief calls for 'full' humanitarian access in Myanmar

    Debate on Rohingya refugee crisis

    European Parliament

    Strasbourg

    Federica Mogherini

    EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says the recent Bangladesh-Myanmar deal is a "step the right direction", but cautions that it will need to be monitored "extremely carefully".

    She says that the EU has pledged "more than the rest of the world combined " in humanitarian aid - and calls for "full access" to be granted to all NGOs.

    Resolving the situation in Rakhine state is now "up to Myanmar", she says - and notes that the "difficult issue" of Rohingya citizenship will have to be addressed.

    Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi "needs and wants" the EU's support to enact the recommendations of a UN panel led by former UN chief Kofi Annan, she says.

    It called for the citizenship law - which currently does not recognise Rohingya as Myanmar citizens - to be reviewed and for more investment in Rakhine state.

  19. MEPs debate EU response to Rohingya refugee crisis

    Rohingya refugees cross a stream near the Bangladesh-Myanmar

    MEPs are now debating the EU’s response to the Rohingya Muslim crisis in Myanmar.

    More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence since August.

    The UN has accused the Myanmar government of ethnic cleansing, whilst the military says it is responding to attacks by Rohingya militants and denies it is targeting civilians.

    Bangladesh signed a deal with Myanmar last month to return hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, with the two sides working on the details.