With an intake that includes youthful idealists, weathered political survivors and former fascists, the European Parliament looks set to play host to a colourful array of lawmakers.
This week's European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent's top leadership jobs -- it but won't decide the winners.
European voters go to the polls from May 23-26 to choose a new parliament with many fearing that eurosceptics and populist will deal a new blow to the EU.
EU leaders have started on the delicate task of filling key European posts, launching a diplomatic "Game of Thrones" sure to be filled with feuds, betrayals and last minute plot twists.
Voter turnout at European Parliament elections has dropped steadily over the years, hitting a record low of 43 percent at the last poll in 2014.
Three votes by the European Parliament in recent years have exposed deep divisions between EU members from the wealthier west and the previously communist east of the bloc.