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Section Européenne 2007 : The Sevens


Written by “The Sevens” Wednesday, October 10th 2007

The European Parliament is composed of 785 MEPs (Member of the European Parliament), who each represent a European country. It has a President and 14 Vice-Presidents. It is based in Strasbourg, France and also in Brussels, Belgium. The Members of the European Parliament are elected every five years by universal suffrage since 1979, by citizens (there are 492 million citizens !!!).

  • Hans Gert Pöttering
    Current president of the parliament

  • Seats per Member State
    (This distribution will change next year) :

  • The Parliament has a legislative power : it votes some laws which are decided by the European Council (see the article on the European Council).
    The Parliament also votes the budget.
  • The parliament has a political role :
    The Council consults Parliament on the main aspects and basic choices which are in the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Parliament may put in questions to the Council and make recommendations to it.
    The defense of human rights in the world is a top priority for the European Parliament. The Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs directly addresses the issue of the defense of human rights outside the Union.
    Freedom, security and justice are three areas of major concern to the citizens of Europe.
    They see to the respect of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in European countries.
    Finally the Parliament represents us, the European citizens.
Where are the lyrics of the Spanish national anthem ?

When you hear the Spanish sing their national anthem, you won’t understand the lyrics : not because you don’t speak their language, but because there are no actual lyrics. Instead of Spanish words, you will hear : “Lolo lololo lololololo…”

It isn’t that there have never been lyrics to go with the anthem, but even the anthem itself has changed. Here is a little history…

Today’s anthem is “La Marcha Real” which was composed in 1770 by Latzko and first called “Marcha Granadera”.
Under the reign of Alfonso XIII, (19th century) lyrics were added but never officialised.

Under the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939), “El Himmo de Rigo” replaced “La Marcha Real” as the Spanish national anthem however Francisco Franco restored “La Marcha Real” at the end of the civil war, under its original name “Marcha Granadera” and lyrics were added. The anthem was sung at school, but never made official. Those lyrics were eventually abandoned having to strong a bond to the Franco regime.

Nowadays, “la Marcha Real” is still the official anthem but there are no lyrics. The Spanish Olympic committee has launched a contest to see if someone could write a new set of lyrics so that the Spanish may replace the “lolo lololo lololololo” by some meaningful words. Who knows, maybe the “lololo” days are counted !