There are two official EU institutions which have very similar names but do very different things:
- The European Council, which is a strategic body comprised of the heads of state or government of the member states, and
- the Council of the European Union or just Council, which is one of the legislative bodies of the EU and consists of the national ministers (in varying combinations).
Obviously, this can lead to a lot of confusion. Why weren't more distinctive names chosen for those two institutions? (In particular, since there's also the Council of Europe, which predates the European Union and is something completely differnt.)