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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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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn went head to head over Brexit on Friday in the last televised debate before next week's..
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that Britain would have enough time to strike an agreement with the European Union about future trade ties, and reach..
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Two leaked drafts seen by The Independent show the EU position is hardening
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Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled a confidential government report which he claims provides "cold, hard evidence" that Boris Johnson misled the public over a critical..
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Brexit 'one of the most spectacular mistakes' in history of the EU, former European Council leader claims
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Tories fear Remain will win second referendum if 2 million EU nationals resident in UK are given a vote
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Bosnia must overhaul its complex and opaque justice system and do more to protect the rule of law if it wants to press its case to join the European Union, legal..
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Peter Hargreaves, one of Britain's wealthiest men and the second-biggest donor to the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union, has donated 1 million pounds..
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Iran on Thursday rejected pressure to shelve its ballistic missile program after a European letter to the U.N. Security Council accused Tehran of developing..
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Iran said on Thursday a letter from three European powers to the U.N. Security Council accusing Tehran of having nuclear-capable ballistic missiles showed their..
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'There is not a single doubt' that a trade agreement can be agreed 'within months', says chancellor
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Prime minister refuses to discuss the risks of leaving without a trade deal at the end of 2020
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives said on Wednesday they would complete Britain's exit from the European Union by the end of January and hold a budget..
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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis will be investigated further for fraud in a case involving European Union subsidies, the top state attorney said on Wednesday,..
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EU leaders will spell out their plans for potentially years more Brexit talks on the day after the general election, a leaked internal documents seen by The..
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Boris Johnson has refused to rule out the prospect of a no-deal exit from the EU at the end of 2020, as he abruptly drew a press conference at the Nato meeting..
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The prospects of the European Union and the United States bridging differences on trade have improved after German conservative Ursula von der Leyen took over as..
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The producers had argued that the term was theirs to use exclusively under EU rules.
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The top Czech state attorney has ruled that Prime Minister Andrej Babis will be further investigated for fraud in receiving European Union subsidies, reversing..
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The head of the European Union's executive arm, German conservative Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday demanded a "thorough and independent" investigation into..
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Figures come as online system for EU nationals to access proof of settled status temporarily fails
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Italian vinegar producers suffered a blow on Wednesday when the EU's top court ruled that the term "balsamic" can be used to label vinegar or flavorings even if..
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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis sees no reason to resign over an ongoing European Commission audit into conflicts of interest related to the sprawling..
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The EU has criticised the country's "golden passports" scheme that allows wealthy people to buy citizenship.
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The prime minister's comments came after Dominic Raab said no deal would 'absolutely' be on the table in trade talks with the EU
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The European Commission has determined that the Czech Republic must return hundreds of millions of crowns in EU subsidies as Prime Minister Andrej Babis did not..
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Hungary has stifled its independent media and imposed a level of control over journalists that is unprecedented in an EU country, according to a joint report..
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France and the European Union said on Tuesday they were ready to retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump acted on a threat to impose duties of up to 100% on..
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The European Union will seek immediate talks with the United States on how to solve a dispute over France's new digital service tax, the EU delegation to the..
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The European Union will act as one over planned U.S. tariffs on French goods and believes the World Trade Organization is the best way to settle such disputes,..
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France and the European Union said on Tuesday they are ready to retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump acts on a threat to impose duties of up to 100% on..
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The head of a European Parliament delegation, dispatched to Malta to review the rule of law on the island following a scandal over the murder of a journalist,..
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France and the European Union are ready to retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump acts on a threat to impose duties of up to 100% on $2.4 billion in imports of..
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U.S. President Donald Trump said things would get very tough with the European Union unless the bloc shapes up over trade and NATO.
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France and the European Union are ready to fight back over the latest U.S. tariff threats on French products, French government ministers said on Tuesday.
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France and the European Union are ready to fight back over the latest U.S. tariff threats on French products, French government ministers said on Tuesday.
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The latest U.S. tariff threats on French products are "unacceptable" and the European Union is ready to issue a riposte, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire..
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The U.S. Trade Representative's office on Monday said it saw no basis in Monday's World Trade Organization report that would justify reducing U.S. retaliatory..
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European Union leaders meeting in Brussels next week will push to agree to put the bloc on net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, their draft joint statement..
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The World Trade Organization on Monday rejected European Union claims that it no longer provides subsidies to planemaker Airbus , prompting the United States to..
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The World Trade Organization on Monday rejected European Union claims that it no longer provides subsidies to planemaker Airbus , underscoring tariffs recently..
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The European Commission has asked Malta to clarify how it intends to address Bank of Valletta's shortcomings over its monitoring of foreign customers who applied..
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Experts quick to point out similar system will exist for Britons visiting Europe after Brexit
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Italy's government will attempt to get a vote in parliament next week to decide on reform of the European Union's bailout fund, as divisions within Rome's ruling..
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A European Commission audit has confirmed that Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is in a conflict of interest due to his former business empire that he has put..
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European Union leaders on Sunday celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty, the union's legal cornerstone, amid calls to reform a bloc weakened over..
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EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google's collection of data, the European Commission told Reuters on Saturday, suggesting the world's most popular..
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Officials from the new European Commission will discuss a report by International Monetary Fund researchers that lists Luxembourg as a world-leading tax haven..
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As an independent candidate, the former Tory hopes pro-EU voters can help him deprive his old party of a plum seat
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As Jean-Claude Juncker prepares to step down as European Commission president after five years at the helm of the EU executive, the BBC looks back at his lighter..
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On his final day in the office, Britain's commissioner to the European Union said he would miss the occasional kiss from his boss Jean-Claude Juncker.
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Prime minister warned that new promise to reform state aid rules 'incompatible' with agreeing comprehensive EU deal
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