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European Union

The EU operates through a hybrid system of supranational independent institutions and intergovernmental decisions negotiated by the member states. The general political direction and priorities of the EU are defined by the European Council, though it lacks the power to pass laws. Decision-making procedures of the EU involve three main institutions: the European Parliament, which represents and is directly elected by EU citizens; the Council of the European Union, which represents individual member states; and the European Commission, which seeks to uphold the interests of the EU as a whole.

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