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EU pays $230M a year to keep Parliament on road

BRUSSELS — If European Union leaders are looking to save some serious money, they might look no further than the ‘‘traveling circus’’ that is the European Parliament.

The EU assembly leads a pricey and nomadic life. Once a month, it shifts thousands of lawmakers, their staffs, translators, and interpreters, to Strasbourg, France, 250 miles away, for a four-day meeting. And then it trucks them all back.

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