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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.

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EU institutions have ordered staff who travelled to areas of northern Italy hit by an outbreak of coronavirus to stay at home for two weeks, a measure that may..
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The 27 European Union countries on Tuesday approved their joint negotiating stance for talks with Britain on their new post-Brexit relationship from trade to..
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The European Commission said on Monday the European Union was not yet considering suspending travel within the border-free Schengen area after an outbreak of..
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European Union health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said possible travel restrictions in the Schengen border-free area should be proportionate and coordinated..
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European commissioner for economic affairs and former Italian prime minister Palo Gentiloni said on Tuesday he did not foresee a government crisis in Italy,..
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Turkey has decided to exempt visa requirements for citizens from European Union countries Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland, as well Britain,..
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France on Wednesday said it was imperative that negotiations over a future trade relationship between Britain and the European Union included customs checks in..
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The British government has outlined a new immigration system to manage the flow of workers into the country and replace existing rules from Jan. 1 2021, when..
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The British government has outlined a new immigration system to manage the flow of workers into the country and replace existing rules from Jan. 1 2021, when..
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A long-running dispute between Britain and Greece over ancient treasures has spilled into tensions over Brexit after a demand for the return of stolen cultural..
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Slovakia's far right leader began the year on trial on charges of spreading hate but could end up as kingmaker in a tight parliamentary election next week,..
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European Union finance ministers added Panama, the Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Palau to the EU's blacklist of tax havens, while giving Turkey more time to..
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North Macedonia and Albania can deliver on the reforms required to join the European Union, the EU enlargement commissioner said on Tuesday, in the latest sign..
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European Union finance ministers added Panama, the Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Palau to the EU's blacklist of tax havens, while giving Turkey more time to..
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European Union finance ministers added Panama, the Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Palau to the EU's blacklist of tax havens, while giving Turkey more time to..
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Britain will not be threatened into following EU rules in the future by talk of economic rifts and is ready to trade with the bloc on basic international terms..
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Britain will develop its own system for regulating state aid and controlling subsidies after its post-Brexit transition period is over, London's negotiator for..
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Britain is ready to trade with the European Union on basic international terms that the bloc currently follows with Australia if a more ambitious free trade..
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Britain's negotiator with the European Union said on Monday that London was prepared to accept an "Australia-style" free trade agreement with the bloc if its..
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Britain will not accept EU supervision of so-called level playing field guarantees of fair competition in any new relationship between the two after Brexit,..
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The European Union will launch a new naval and air mission in the eastern Mediterranean to stop more arms reach warring factions in Libya, foreign ministers..
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The European Union on Monday extended until Feb. 28, 2021, an arms embargo on Belarus and an asset freeze against four nationals from the ex-Soviet republic,..
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Two European fathers who live in Japan will urge EU lawmakers this week to increase pressure on Tokyo to tackle parental child abduction by changing a law that..
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European Union governments need to be willing to intervene in international crises or risk prolonging paralysis in their foreign policy, the EU's top diplomat..
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