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Watch: How do EU Council summits work? Here's a behind-the-scene sneak peek

France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels on Feb. 9, 2023.
France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels on Feb. 9, 2023. Copyright AP Photo/Virginia Mayo
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By Aida Sanchez Alonso
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See the EU Council summits like you never have before.

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A few times a year, leaders and journalists from across Europe descend on Brussels for European Council summits.

These meetings are where the heads of government from the 27 different member states discuss issues facing them and hash out common positions.

They usually take place four times a year — roughly every three months — but it's not unusual for more meetings to be called if there are issues that require leaders' immediate attention. This happened several times during the COVID-19 pandemic or the first year of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

We take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the European Council buildings in Brussels to break down how these events — which sometimes go well into the night — unfold.

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