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From fireside chats to key decision-maker: A history of the European Council

From fireside chats to key decision-maker: A history of the European Council

It would be hard to imagine the European Union without its summit meetings attended by all EU leaders, who gather in Brussels to reach decisions together. Today, the European Council plays a central role in shaping EU policies and responding to crises. But as this documentary shows, it wasn’t always like this…

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In the 1950s, when an embryonic European Union was taking shape, national leaders had to improvise every time they wanted to meet. But the need to respond to pressing events in Europe and in the rest of the world, as well as the determination of some, would gradually transform their informal chats into the decision-making centre that we know today. This documentary looks at the story of the European Council through the eyes of those who witnessed its impressive transformation.

Video details

Duration:
00:41:50
Shoot date:
22/03/2017
Reference:
112776
Type:
Edited package
Location:
Brussels, Belgium
Ratio:
16:9
Talking heads language:
Spanish

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