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The European Union (EU) has a profound impact on the lives of all Europeans. But how can its citizens influence EU policy?

Political decisions in Europe are negotiated by the major European institutions – the Parliament, the Commission and the Council. The interests of European citizens are not only represented by members of the European Parliament. Members of the European Council, which brings together the heads of state and government in the EU, and the Council of the European Union, in which the respective ministries of the member states convene, are each democratically elected at the national level. Meanwhile, the European Commission must be confirmed by the European Parliament.

Our short film from Germany’s perspective shows not only how EU citizens influence the Union’s policies when deciding who to elect, but also explains how laws are made and which competences the respective institutions have in each case.

Understanding Europe in 100 seconds