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What is the European Parliament?

The European Parliament is the legislative body akin to the House of Commons in the UK, with members directly elected by EU citizens every five years. It has political groupings rather than parties, which are cross-national collections of MEPs from similar parties across the EU. Ordinarily, legislation is passed by co-decision in the EU, involving both the Parliament and the Council of the EU, which consists of representatives of member state governments.

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