The European Union

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THE EUROPEAN UNION What is the EU? The EU is a union of different European countries to realize their common goals.The members are Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Finland.The EU represents a desire for peace and cooperation among European states. With increased growth the EU may become a major economic rival to North America and Asia. History World War II (1939-1945) destroyed the economy of Europe. Many Europeans hoped that the reconstruction of Europe would result in an agreement to create a unified European state. In May 1950 Schuman proposed the creation of an organisation to regulate the coal and steel industry in West Germany and France; Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France and West Germany joined the organisation. The European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was established in August 1952. In June 1955 the foreign ministers of the six nations in the ECSC agreed to examine the possibilities for further economic integration. This new effort resulted in the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).The aims of the EEC were the elimination of trade barriers among member nations and the creation of a common policy for managing and supporting agriculture.In response to the EEC, Great Britain and six other non-EEC countries formed the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in 1960.The three communities (the ...

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