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European Union

Economic and political union of European states

The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. Its members have a combined area of 4,475,757 km2 (1,728,099 sq mi) and an estimated total population of about 513 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 and came into full force in 2002 and is composed of 19 EU member states which use the euro currency.

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European industrial policy chief Thierry Breton dismissed claims that relying on European companies to build a 5G network would delay its rollout, weighing in on..
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Turkey called on Sunday for the European Union to end what it said was the bloc's prejudice against Turkish Cypriots, defending its launch of a fresh round of..
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Iran will review its cooperation with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog should it face "unjust" measures, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said, after..
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No 10 also warns top ministers to focus on briefs and avoid 'touring TV studios' - or face the sack in upcoming reshuffle
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Food prices could rise after Sajid Javid said there will be no alignment with EU rules after Brexit, businesses say.
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'There will be an impact on business one way or the other, some will benefit, some won't,' says the chancellor
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Sajid Javid warns businesses UK and EU regulations will differ after Brexit, saying firms must "adjust".
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Downing Street residence will be lit up with a countdown to Britain's exit from the European Union on Jan. 31, as part of a light..
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Britain will not automatically deport European Union citizens who have not applied for the right to remain in the country after Brexit, European Parliament..
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So far more than 2.7 million EU citizens have applied for settled status after Brexit in the UK.
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Questions raised about EU chief Guy Verhofstadt - after his claim of a partial climbdown is quickly rebuffed
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'Britain is taking a sabbatical,' says Labour MEP​
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Presentation slides published online give an insight into how the future relationship might pan out.
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The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology in public areas for up to five years, to give it time to work out how to prevent abuses,..
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Germany wants to deepen trade ties with London and continue close cooperation on security and defence projects after Britain's divorce from the European Union,..
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Britain's 73 EU lawmakers packed up their offices in Strasbourg on Thursday: for some a moment of triumph, for others, disaster.
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Phil Hogan also warns Boris Johnson that 'gamesmanship and brinkmanship are not going to work'
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After war broke out again in Libya early last year, a special team of EU diplomats in Tripoli was forced back to neighboring Tunisia to do what they had been..
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After war broke out again in Libya early last year, a special team of EU diplomats in Tripoli was forced back to neighboring Tunisia to do what they had been..
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The EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell held "frank" direct talks with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi on Thursday after Britain, France..
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But German chancellor warns leaving EU leads to loss of influence
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It will ultimately be up to Britain whether or not it seeks more time to negotiate a trade agreement with the European Union after it leaves the bloc, the head..
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Warning of 'ticking timebomb' if businesses do not help EU staff claim their right to remain
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The European Commission said on Wednesday it would not tolerate distortion of historic facts after Russia suggested Poland was partly responsible for starting..
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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that he hoped a new agreement between China and the United States on trade will not lead to new tensions..
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MEPs says citizens could face discrimination because of lack of protections and certainty
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Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has won his bid to hold a party on Brexit night in front of parliament with speeches, music and possibly the chimes of the Big..
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'I was paying high taxes, I was contributing to society. And then you see these false criminal charges, and it is completely insane; it is inhumane. If they..
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Spain's newly appointed Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez said on Tuesday her country intends to weigh on the talks between the European Union and London to..
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Michel Barnier says there will be 'checks and controls' on GB-NI trade after keeping quiet during election campaign
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The European Union has no grounds to question Poland's judiciary reforms, its government spokesman said on Tuesday.
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The European Commission decided on Tuesday to ask the EU's top court to suspend the functioning of the disciplinary chamber of Poland's Supreme Court.
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Report warn PM's plan would cause 'significant legal uncertainty' as peers prepare for Brexit battle
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The European Union's executive arm, the European Commission, decided on Tuesday to ask the EU's top court to grant an injunction against a Polish law that would..
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European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned Britain on Tuesday not to discriminate against EU citizens seeking permanent residency after Brexit, urging..
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday proposed a crowdfunding campaign to allow Big Ben bell in parliament’s famous clock tower to ring out when..
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The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned London on Tuesday not to discriminate against EU citizens seeking permanent residency in Britain,..
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Fishing is a sensitive issue for Brexiteers
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The European Commission will discuss on Tuesday whether to ask the European Court of Justice, the EU's top court, for an injunction against a Polish law that..
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The Iran nuclear deal is in fresh trouble after the UK and other EU powers triggered a 'dispute mechanism' in protest at Tehran's breaches of the agreement.
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Hungary's law that requires civil organizations to disclose their foreign donors is in breach of European Union rules that protect the bloc's fundamental rights,..
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Cambodian opposition party leader Kem Sokha is set to go on trial on treason charges on Wednesday in a closely watched case as the European Union mulls..
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France, Britain and Germany will on Tuesday inform the European Union on Tuesday that they are triggering a dispute mechanism in the Iran nuclear deal following..
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Brussels rules out 'mutual recognition' of regulations between EU and UK ahead of talks
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Catalan separatist leaders Carles Puigdemont and Antoni Comin took their seats in the European Parliament on Monday, vowing to force their secessionist cause..
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed on Monday a ceasefire in Libya initiated by Turkey and Russia, but cautioned that the United Nations..
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Ireland's deputy PM says talks are likely to take longer than Boris Johnson's end of 2020 deadline.
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Simon Coveney warns negotiations on trade, security, fisheries, travel and data will be complex
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Black people woke up after the vote to leave the EU with a 'sense of dread' - claim
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