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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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Boris Johnson wants Britain to have completed any Brexit transition period and fully left the European Union "well before" the next scheduled election in 2022,..
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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday which expands the procedure for residents of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions to..
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British Prime Minister Theresa May thanked Gibraltar's Chief Minister for upholding European Union sanctions against Syria by detaining an oil tanker, her office..
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Frontrunner to be next prime minister attacks EU over 'pointless, expensive, environmentally-damaging' rules on transportation of fish
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On its way out of the European Union, the U.K. may need its old friend to lend a hand. But as Simon Bates says in this week's "London Calling," the man likely to..
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Ursula von der Leyen had to dangle a range of promises on migration, taxes, climate change and the rule of law to secure even a wafer-thin margin of support in..
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Policy comes as incoming president seeks to tackle claims she would be beholden to Poland and Hungary EU nations are to be vetted annually on their adherence to..
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Prime Minister Theresa May launched a broadside against populism on Wednesday, using a valedictory speech to encourage her successor to embrace compromise to..
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The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its..
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Ireland will oppose an EU proposal to stop moving the bloc's clocks forward by an hour in spring and back again in the autumn, as it fears Brexit could otherwise..
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Whatever path Britain takes to leaving the European Union must be sustainable for the long term, outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, urging..
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France is eyeing a "strong economic portfolio" in the new European Commission such as trade or overseeing climate policy, a French official said on Wednesday.
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The EU's powerful antitrust authority launched an in-depth investigation into Amazon on Wednesday, amid suspicions the US-based online behemoth misuses merchant..
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EU antitrust regulators will investigate Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, to see if its use of other merchants' data breaches EU antitrust rules, the..
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Amazon became the target of an antitrust investigation by the European Union on Wednesday over its use of merchants' data, underlining the increasing regulatory..
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U.S. online retailer Amazon said on Wednesday that it would cooperate fully with EU antitrust regulators investigating its use of merchants' data.
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Independent.ie Business Desk Twitter Email July 17 2019 1:19 PM 0 Comments Amazon in EU antitrust spotlight over use of merchant data Independent.ie Amazon on..
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Antitrust probe asks if the online giant gains a marketplace edge by using info gleaned from independent sellers
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Brexit Party leader mocked on social media
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The chances of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal at the end of October are underpriced, Britain's Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on..
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Finnish presidency says no plans to end practice after intervention by MEPs
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EU leaders warned their unity will crumble as pressure from voters and businesses threatens stability of their own governments
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British Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Wednesday he told the European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier that he did not envisage an unchanged..
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French lawmakers in the National Assembly will vote on Wednesday on whether to ratify a controversial trade deal between the European Union and Canada.
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Europeans must invest in the 2015 nuclear accord, Zarif says in New York The European Union said on Monday that Iran's recent enrichment and stockpiling of..
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Officials have confirmed Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is to be Germany's new defense minister, Deutsche Welle reports. The reports come after the current defense..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen was elected by just nine votes as the European Union's top job on Tuesday after promising to address climate change and address..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen secured European parliamentary approval on Tuesday to become the first female European Commission president on a platform of a..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen secured European parliamentary approval on Tuesday to become the first female European Commission president after she won over..
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The next head of the European Union's executive, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Tuesday she would work "in a constructive way" with any new British prime..
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Liberal lawmakers at the European Parliament will support German conservative Ursula von der Leyen as the next European Commission president, the leader of the..
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Ursula von der Leyen promised a "united and strong" European Union after being narrowly confirmed by the European Parliament as the next head of the executive..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen is poised to become the first female European Commission president after winning over skeptical liberal and socialist lawmakers on..
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The European Union's executive on Tuesday agreed new measures to better police democracy across the bloc, tightening scrutiny of nationalist rulers in the east..
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Secretary-General Martin Selmayr looks set to quit next week. The German drew rebukes last year over his sudden rise to Commission general secretary and..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday took a step closer to becoming the first female European Commission head after her vision of a greener, fairer and..
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Scotland saw more drug-related deaths than any other EU country in 2018, after a 27 per cent increase in a single year brought the total to its highest level..
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Bitcoin ATMs are not currently governed by EU money laundering regulations, and arrests coordinated by Spanish police and Europol in May are bringing new focus..
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The European Union is bracing for either a no-deal Brexit or another delay if Boris Johnson becomes Britain's prime minister next week with a pledge to..
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BRUSSELS — The European Union is readying new sanctions against Venezuelan security forces involved in human rights violations, the bloc’s foreign policy..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday sketched out her vision of a greener, fairer and rule-based Europe in a last-ditch effort to win the votes of European..
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The European Union is bracing for either a no-deal Brexit or another delay if Boris Johnson becomes Britain's prime minister next week with a pledge to..
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Next PM will be told in ‘no uncertain terms’ that axing backstop amounts to no deal Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt’s Brexit plan to axe the Irish border..
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EU leaders' pick to be the next European Commission president has said she wants to end countries' veto on foreign policy. The move, proposed by Ursula von...
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The European Commission's top civil servant Martin Selmayr, whose sudden promotion to that post last year angered EU lawmakers and earned a rebuke from the..
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The European Commission's secretary general Martin Selmayr, whose sudden promotion last year angered EU lawmakers and earned a rebuke from the European..
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Israel's PM likens the EU's approach to breaches of the nuclear deal to the appeasement of the Nazis.
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As Ursula Von der Leyen seeks to win over EU lawmakers, she said she will make Europe the "first climate neutral continent." She also pledged to have more female..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen sought on Tuesday to win over skeptical European socialist and liberal lawmakers to back her as European Commission president,..
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday there is no need to take very seriously decisions made by the European Union to curb contacts and..
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Malaysia will lodge a complaint with the World Trade Organization over the European Union's plan to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels, a minister said on..
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European Union decisions to curb contacts and funding for Turkey over its drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus will not affect Ankara's determination to pursue..
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German conservative Manfred Weber urged EU lawmakers to back Ursula von der Leyen as the next head of the European Commission in a knife-edge vote on Tuesday,..
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European foreign ministers held talks on saving the beleaguered Iran nuclear deal as Britain warned the 'small window' for success was closing. Tensions in the..
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European Union decisions to curb contacts and funding for Ankara over Turkey's drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus will not affect its determination to continue..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen faces a make-or-break vote on Tuesday in her quest to be the European Commission's first female leader, and a raft of promises..
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EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels Monday declared that breaches of the 2015 nuclear deal by Iran were so far not serious enough to trigger the pact’s..
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The two candidates vying to be Britain's next prime minister set a high bar on Monday for success in Brexit negotiations, saying that even a significant..
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Recent breaches of the landmark 2015 agreement are reversible, the bloc's foreign policy chief says.
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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European..
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