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Government Resources and International Information: European Union

About the European Union

The European Union is a unique economic and political partnership between 27 European countries.

It has delivered half a century of peace, stability, and prosperity, helped raise living standards, launched a single European currency, and is progressively building a single Europe-wide market in which people, goods, services, and capital move among Member States as freely as within one country.

The EU was created in the aftermath of the second world war. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: countries that trade with one another are economically interdependent and will thus avoid conflict.

Since then, the union has developed into a huge single market with the euro as its common currency. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organisation spanning all areas, from development aid to environmental policy. Source: Basic Information on the European Union (European Union)

European Union: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

European Union: Environment, Climate, Geology, Energy, Wildlife and Ecology

European Union: Equality, Civil and Human Rights

European Union: Future

European Union: Education, Literacy and Libraries

European Union: Governance and Principles

European Union: Health, Disability, Medicine, Nutrition and Fitness

European Union: History, Anthropology and Geography

European Union: International Relations, Cooperation, Diplomacy and Foreign Assistance

European Union: Membership, Expansion, Problems and Dissatisfaction

European Union: Military, Defense, Intelligence, Terrorism and Peace

European Union: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics