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European Union

Economic and political union of European states

The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. Its members have a combined area of 4,233,255.3 km2 (1,634,469.0 sq mi) and an estimated total population of about 447 million. The EU has developed an internal single market through a standardised system of laws that apply in all member states in those matters, and only those matters, where members have agreed to act as one. EU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within the internal market, enact legislation in justice and home affairs and maintain common policies on trade, agriculture, fisheries and regional development. For travel within the Schengen Area, passport controls have been abolished. A monetary union was established in 1999, coming into full force in 2002, and is composed of 19 EU member states which use the euro currency.

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More than 250,000 European Union citizens are still trying to get home, as the number of people stranded by the coronavirus outbreak remains high even after the..
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The European Commission told Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday that emergency powers he has assumed to combat the coronavirus outbreak risk..
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The European Commission proposed on Thursday a package of measures to soften the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the EU economy, including a short-time..
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed concern on Thursday that coronavirus restriction measures taken by Hungary went too far and insisted..
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The European Commission will propose on Thursday a package of measures to help the EU economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic, including a short-time work..
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Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic broke EU law by rejecting refugees, the top EU court says.
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The European Union's top court ruled on Thursday that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic broke EU law by refusing to host their assigned share of refugees to..
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Barely a month before Europe embarked on a scramble for masks, ventilators and testing kits to fight coronavirus, governments told Brussels their healthcare..
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The European Commission said on Tuesday there was no evidence that a drug touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential miracle cure against COVID-19 was..
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The European Commission said on Tuesday there was no evidence that a drug touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential miracle cure against COVID-19 was..
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The European Union's executive warned Hungary on Tuesday that emergency measures adopted by governments to fight the coronavirus crisis must not undercut..
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Eight countries have asked the European Union (EU) to support road transport firms hit by the coronavirus outbreak and halt work on reforms to truck drivers'..
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The European Union's executive warned Hungary on Tuesday that emergency measures adopted by governments to fight the coronavirus crisis must not undercut..
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The European Union's executive warned member states on Tuesday that emergency measures adopted by governments to fight the coronavirus crisis cannot undercut..
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The UK is due to stop following EU rules by the end of 2020 but a group of MEPs say the date should be pushed back.
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Norway will allow entry to certain European citizens for work in sectors critically short of labor including agriculture and the oil industry despite its..
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EU countries should allow the hundreds of thousands of seasonal migrant workers who plant or harvest crops to cross borders despite national measures to contain..
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The European Union expects Britain to seek an extension of its status quo post-Brexit transition period beyond the end of the year, diplomats and officials said..
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British and EU officials are holding informal talks on the future relationship, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, repeating that..
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How the European Union responds to the coronavirus outbreak will determine its future credibility, a French minister said on Sunday, after the bloc failed to..
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How the European Union responds to the coronavirus outbreak will determine its future credibility, a French minister said on Sunday, after the bloc failed to..
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How the European Union responds to the coronavirus outbreak will determine its credibility and utility, a French minister said on Sunday, after the bloc failed..
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Exclusive: Fears that pulling out EU watchdog will make country 'a dumping ground' for products linked to cancer, thyroid disease and hormone and developmental..
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Europe must adopt new measures to confront the threat posed by the coronavirus, Italian President Sergio Mattarella said on Friday, telling European Union..
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'Member states and the UK had the opportunity to signal their interest to participate in any joint procurements,' says EU spokesperson
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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday that disagreements between southern and northern EU countries about how to respond to the coronavirus are not..
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Britain was given a chance to participate in a European Union scheme to buy ventilators to fight the coronavirus, the EU said on Friday, after London said it had..
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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday that disagreements between southern and northern European Union countries about how to respond to the coronavirus..
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Britain is working as quickly as it can to get ventilators, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday, after London was criticized for not..
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Britain is working as quickly as it can to get ventilators, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday, after London was criticised for not..
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Britain is working as quickly as it can to get ventilators, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday, after London was criticised for not..
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Britain's failure to join a European Union procurement programme for ventilators to treat those ill with coronavirus was due to a communications issue, Business..
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The European Union is prioritizing maintaining open borders for goods to flow and the hunt for a vaccine against the coronavirus, European Council president..
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French President Emmanuel Macron warned his fellow European Union leaders on Thursday that the coronavirus outbreak risked undoing the bloc's central pillars..
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European lawmakers overwhelmingly agreed on Thursday to suspend until Oct. 24 a rule requiring airlines to use at least 80% of their flight slots to keep them..
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EU countries are banding together to buy equipment in bulk to get priority
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PM's spokesperson also denies that refusal to take part in EU scheme is related to Brexit
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Procurement scheme uses bulk-buying power of 500 million strong single market
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Commission has warned of 24 hour hold-ups of medical supplies to get through border checks
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Russia's military planeloads of aid to Italy to combat the spread of coronavirus have exposed the European Union's failure to provide swift help to a member in..
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The leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats criticized Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday for refusing to participate in a European Union ventilator..
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The European Union marked the 25th anniversary of its open-border Schengen agreement on Thursday with all its land borders shut or subject to heavy checks..
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Hungary will ask Brussels to scrap all duties on products imported from outside the EU that are used for protection against the coronavirus, Prime Minister..
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Germany plans to insist that airline passengers arriving from non-EU countries go into quarantine for 14 days to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus,..
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Scheme leverages buying power of 500 million-strong single market to make bulk orders
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European Union states need 10 times as much personal protective equipment and other medical devices, such as ventilators, to tackle the coronavirus than..
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