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What is the European Council and why is it meeting in Brussels?

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By Orlando Crowcroft  & Vassilis Glynos
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European Union leaders gather during a round table meeting at an extraordinary EU summit on Ukraine at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Feb 24, 2022.
European Union leaders gather during a round table meeting at an extraordinary EU summit on Ukraine at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Feb 24, 2022.   -   Copyright  Olivier Hoslet/AP

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels this week to discuss energy prices, COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine.

The meeting is a summit of the European Council, made up of 27 member states and meeting six times a year.

But what is the European Council and what power does it have? And why do its meetings sometimes stretch to more than 80 hours?

Watch the video above to find out more.