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The European Parliament in 30 seconds or less

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The European Parliament is the EU's primary legislative body and meets (in true EU fashion) both in Brussels and in Strasbourg, France, depending on the day of the week.

The parliament's powers have been growing steadily over the years, making it an ever more important institution in the shaping and passing of European laws. After the 2004 elections, the parliament even took the unprecedented step of vetoing a proposed member for the European Commission, the EU's de facto executive body.

Once thought of as purely a sinecure for washed up European politicians, the parliament today is attracting up-and-comers on the political scene and exercising an increasing influence relative to the Commission and the EU's Council of Ministers, a collection of government ministers from the member states which serves as the other half of the EU's legislature.

Next: European Parliamentary Elections

Step by Step guide:

1. The European Parliament in 30 seconds or less

2. European Parliamentary Elections

3. Who can vote in Sweden?

4. How do I vote and how does the election work?

5. Who on earth do I vote for on June 7th?

6. But what do the parties in Sweden actually want to do?

6 a.   Riksdag Parties (from left to right)

6 b.   Other parties to watch (in no particular order)

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