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. The EU has often been described as a sui generis political entity.

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The EU says it will act "decisively" if the US imposes new tariffs, escalating a row about aviation subsidies.
Credit: BBC News - Published 10 hours ago

'Obviously if we can't then we will have the very good option also of an Australian-style arrangement,' says PM
Credit: Independent - Published 4 days ago

Surprise appointment follows departure of UK's top civil servant Sir Mark Sedwill
Credit: Independent - Published 4 days ago

Little progress in talks so far
Credit: Independent - Published 6 days ago

The EU has opened external borders to two Balkan countries but Austria is going into reverse.
Credit: BBC News - Published 6 days ago

The UK, EU and Nato express grave concern for Hong Kong autonomy as China's president signs the law.
Credit: BBC News - Published 1 week ago

Experts warn big cat heading for extinction as gunmen from EU slaughter more than those from any country in the world
Credit: Independent - Published 1 week ago

Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa's expulsion comes after the EU placed sanctions on 11 Venezuelan officials.
Credit: BBC News - Published 1 week ago

Travellers from 14 countries - but not China or the US - are deemed safe to be let into the EU.
Credit: BBC News - Published 1 week ago

PM tells Polish counterpart UK will be 'constructive' in upcoming negotiations
Credit: Independent - Published 1 week ago

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