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The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. It has an area of 4,475,757 km2 (1,728,099 sq mi) and an estimated 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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British finance minister Philip Hammond will on Tuesday warn that those pushing for Britain to leave the European Union without a deal would be doing deliberate..
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From Volkswagen to Spotify to Iberdrola, Europe's biggest firms are urging people to vote in key European Parliament elections this weekend amid concerns that an..
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In Westminster, as politicians intrigue over their individual futures, Northern Ireland is too remote to matter.
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What the vote is about, when it is happening, and what it means
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A political earthquake has shaken Austria, just one week before the EU elections. We update you on the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache,..
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The European Parliament election in Britain on May 23 is expected to show the polarization of views over Brexit, with strongly pro-Brexit and pro-EU parties..
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The EU Commission has confirmed that it will be making no changes to the Brexit withdrawal agreement following a claim by Theresa May that MPs would be voting on..
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Unemployment in the EU fell to 6.5% in February, its lowest level in 19 years. But this figure hides some big discrepancies between member states - particularly..
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Theresa May’s senior ministers will discuss whether to offer MPs a menu of Brexit options in an effort to break the Commons deadlock over the process of..
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By Huw Jones and Andrew MacAskill LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) - Britain´s vast finance industry will emerge largely unscathed from Brexit and retain its position..
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Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's Brexit Party, was doused in milkshake by a protestor on Monday, the latest anti-EU figure to be targeted during campaigning..
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The Queen expressed support for EU integration at a historic meeting with German diplomats, a declassified account of a meeting shows. A diplomatic cable written..
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Prominent Brexiteer argues UK should leave the EU on 31 October 'without a deal' if necessary
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Several of the populists hoping to mount a challenge in EU elections have found themselves beset by allegations of foreign influence, with Austria's far-right..
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The prime minister had pledged the deal would change, but it cannot be altered in a binding way without EU approval
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The Queen met with the outgoing German ambassador in London
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Three weeks after a national election, Spain is still without a government. On Sunday it holds local, regional and European ballots that will go a long way..
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Around four in 10 Labour supporters told pollsters Ipsos Mori that they liked the Lib Dem and Green approach of opposing EU withdrawal
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What do people living in Meriden think about the EU elections?
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EU officials say Russian disinformation could help boost the vote for anti-EU parties. Is the threat being exaggerated?
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Europe is preparing for a key test of democracy with elections to the European parliament this week.
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'The personality might change but the facts don't'
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GENEVA — Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation's gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners..
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SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A leading conservative candidate in next week's European Parliament elections has promised Bulgarians tight measures against illegal..
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Swiss voters agreed by a nearly two-to-one margin on Sunday to adopt tighter gun controls in line with changes to European Union rules, heading off a clash with..
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Sunday's referendum backed new gun restrictions to conform with EU rules, projections suggest.
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A win by Marine le Pen's far-right Rassemblement National party in next week's European parliament elections could hurt the euro and damage the French economy..
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'That would be part of our negotiations with the EU'
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Swiss voters agreed on Sunday to adopt tighter gun controls in line with changes to European Union rules, heading off a clash with Brussels, projections for..
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Swiss voters agreed on Sunday to adopt tighter gun controls in line with changes to European Union rules, heading off a clash with Brussels, projections for..
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The Swiss will vote this Sunday to say whether the country should tighten its gun laws and meet EU’s demands. The wealthy Alpine nation is the world’s 16th..
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The environment is a hot topic in Europe now - so can Green parties turn that into more votes?
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Party is 'myopically focused on forcing through biggest act of economic self-harm ever undertaken by a democratic government', he says
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Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party has kept a big lead over both the ruling Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party in a poll on voting intentions for..
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Exclusive: Brexit Party leader failed to declare £450,000 allegedly spent on him by Arron Banks, MEP claims
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German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday Croatia was well on track to join the European common currency by 2024, citing the youngest EU member's economic..
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Nationalist parties from across Europe held a rally on Saturday, led by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, promising to reshape the continent..
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By Crispian Balmer MILAN, May 18 (Reuters) - Nationalist and far-right parties from across Europe held a rally on Saturday, led by Italian Deputy Prime Minister..
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Labour leader compares far-right 'propaganda' in EU election to Nazis in 1930s
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Just days before key EU elections, Austria's coalition government has been plunged into crisis on as far-right party leader and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian..
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Fears have been rising in Europe about Russian influence – some claim Russian interference – especially with EU elections looming. But are those fears..
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Switzerland is full of gun clubs, but now the EU is urging tougher controls.
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Brexit advocate Nigel Farage has made a pitch to Scottish National Party voters, saying Scottish independence while still in the European Union is the “most..
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Climate-conscious adults are allowing children to cast their ballots at the 2019 European election.
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MILAN — The leader of Italy's right-wing League party on Friday rejected the label "far-right" for an alliance of like-minded populist leaders that are aiming..
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President Donald Trump on Friday declared that some imported vehicles and parts pose a national security threat but delayed a decision for as long as six months..
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Jeremy Corbyn was coming under pressure to throw Labour's weight fully behind a Final Say referendum
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This month's European Parliament election will shake up the continent, leading to a relaxation of budget rules and influencing the choice of the next central..
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The European Commission welcomed on Friday the delay to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and said it was..
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Britain's tumultuous divorce from the European Union was again in disarray on Friday after the opposition Labour Party declared last-ditch talks dead due to..
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Leaders hit out at Tommy Robinson and Brexit Party candidate who defended IRA
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U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to delay tariffs on imported cars offers hope that a renewed escalation of the trade conflict with the European Union..
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The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision for as long as six months on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and..
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The decision is delayed to allow more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan.
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President Trump stepped back from opening another front in a global trade war by delaying tariffs on automobiles until later this year.
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Vince Cable: Lib Dems are now "the only serious challenger" to Farage's party
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Trump signed a proclamation Friday that sets a six month deadline for U.S. officials to reach an agreement on auto imports with Europe and Japan.
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The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision by up to six months on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and parts to..
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Next week's European Parliament election will usher in a major reshuffle of top jobs in EU institutions.
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The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision by up to six months on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and parts to..
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Beyond determining the balance of power of the next European Parliament, this week's EU elections can have knock-on effects in the domestic politics of Europe's..
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The European Union will directly penalize computer hackers after governments agreed on Friday a new mechanism to target individuals anywhere in the world,..
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The collapse of talks between Britain's two main parties aimed at finding a way to leave the European Union with the support of a majority of lawmakers is a very..
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