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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 4,475,757ย km2 (1,728,099ย sqย 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 will promise on Wednesday to end the delays over Britain's departure from the European Union if he wins next month's election and he..
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Wednesday declare that the UK can "end the groundhoggery of Brexit" if he wins next month's election, saying the..
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Arron Banks, one of the biggest financiers behind the campaign for Britain to leave the EU, said Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage should stand down candidates in..
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Arron Banks, one of the biggest financiers behind the Brexit campaign, said Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage should stand down candidates in opposition Labour..
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The EU's top court ruled on Tuesday that goods from Israeli settlements must be labeled as produced in occupied territory, a decision hailed by Palestinians and..
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The European Union pressed Britain on Tuesday to name a representative for the new executive European Commission despite the country's planned departure for the..
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European Union governments gave the green light on Tuesday for 13 new defence projects in a step to develop more firepower independently of the United States.
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The European Union voiced concern at human rights in Cambodia on Tuesday as it gave a one-month deadline to authorities to respond to a report on its..
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that she expected Britain's parliament to approve British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's divorce deal with the..
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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the European Union's decision to sanction Turkey over drilling off the coast of Cyprus could disrupt talks with the..
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Europeans have failed to fulfill their own commitments to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Tuesday, in response to a..
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Cambodia's self-exiled opposition veteran Sam Rainsy met Malaysian lawmakers on Tuesday in a push to rally support in Southeast Asia against authoritarian ruler..
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EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, France, Germany and Britain on Monday urged Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear agreement with major powers or face..
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The European Union's incoming foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said on Monday that Bolivia's Oct. 20 election results could not be validated, citing a report..
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European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday economic sanctions over Turkey's drilling off the coast of Cyprus, setting up the legal framework for travel..
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Britain will hold a general election on Dec. 12, electing 650 new members of parliament, from which a government will be formed. Their first task will likely be..
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Cambodia lifted house arrest restrictions on opposition leader Kem Sokha on Sunday, more than two years after he was charged with treason, but the charges remain..
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The European Union can no longer rely on soft power to promote its interests and must develop more security "muscle" and policy focus on trade, incoming European..
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The European Union could face a wave of returning battle-hardened Islamic State fighters from Syria unless it gets much tougher with Turkey, including breaking..
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North Macedonia and Albania have made enormous efforts to secure European Union membership, future European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on..
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Britain said on Friday it would make it easier for migrants to move to the United Kingdom to work in the National Health Service (NHS), helping to offset a..
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Turkey will have to open the doors to Europe for Syrian refugees unless the European Union provides Ankara with enough support, President Tayyip Erdogan said on..
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The European Commission's baseline scenario is that Britain will leave the European Union with a negotiated withdrawal agreement, rather than crash out without..
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Britain's smaller pro-European political parties have announced an electoral alliance where they will step aside for each other in 60 constituencies in the..
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The "E3" group of major West European countries that cooperated on Iran policy should be formalized after Britain's planned departure from the European Union,..
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday promised to take Britain out of the European Union in January, speaking at a campaign rally he used to frame the..
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European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has approved European lawmaker Adina Valean as the commissioner-designate for Romania, a spokesperson for the..
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The European Union and China agreed on Wednesday to protect 100 European regional food designations in China and 100 Chinese equivalents in the EU to spur trade,..
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Romania's centrist government on Wednesday nominated two candidates for EU Commisioner, European lawmakers Adina Valean and Siegfried Muresan, Prime Minister..
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The European Union and China have agreed to protect 100 European regional food names, known as geographical indications (GI), in China and 100 Chinese..
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The European Union and China have agreed to protect 100 European geographical indications in China and 100 Chinese geographical indications in the EU, said a..
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European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday he would not run for president of Poland, dampening the expectations of some opposition supporters that he..
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The European Union's eastern and southern countries on Tuesday rejected efforts to cap aid they receive from the EU budget and attach conditions, fearing "the..
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Romania's new centrist government will propose European lawmaker Siegfried Muresan as its Commissioner in the EU's new executive, the ruling National Liberal..
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Poland broke European Union law when it lowered the retirement age for judges in 2017 and introduced a different retirement age for women and men in the..
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Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn will on Tuesday accuse British the Conservatives of attempting to hijack Brexit to unleash a Thatcherite bonfire of regulation,..
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The European Commission said on Tuesday it approved 22.2 million euros in state aid for an upgrade of freight locomotives traffic management equipment in the..
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party wants to hijack Britain's exit from the European Union to deregulate the economy and lower standards,..
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Poland broke European Union law when it lowered the retirement age for judges in 2017 and introduced a different retirement age for women and men in the..
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France will for the first time set quotas for the number of immigrant workers from outside the European Union it allows into the country, French Labour Minister..
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Opposition Labour lawmaker Lindsay Hoyle was elected speaker of Britain's House of Commons on Monday and will take on the role of refereeing the next..
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The centrist minority government of Romanian Prime Minister-designate Ludovic Orban won a vote of confidence in parliament on Monday, improving the prospects for..
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