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European Union flags are seen outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels April 12, 2006.

Yves Herman via Reuters

How the EU Parliament elections work

We broke down how voters across the European Union’s 27 member states cast their ballots in European Parliament elections this weekend, but how exactly do these elections work, and why should you care?

The European Parliament is where the European Union writes bloc-wide laws. Members of the European Parliament, or MEPs, selected in this year’s election will determine Europe’s approach to everything from the war in Ukraine and immigration to the green energy transition for the next five years.

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