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The Council is, itself, like the Senate (very much like the German Bundesrat in that the States' presidents actually sit on it, or like the Swiss Federal Council). It is a coequal organ with the Parliament and so can ignore it.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 14th, 2009 at 09:31:47 AM EST
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