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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. 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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Swiss voters approve tighter gun control, avoid EU clash

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 Brussels.
Reuters - Published

France's Le Maire says a Le Pen win in EU elections would hurt euro

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 and industries, Economy Minister Bruno Le..
Reuters - Published

Videos for European Union

Switzerland votes for tighter gun controls [Video]Switzerland votes for tighter gun controls

Swiss voters have backed, by a margin of nearly two-to-one, adopting tighter gun controls, steering the country away from a clash with the European Union. David Doyle reports.

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Swiss Voters Approve Tighter Gun Control, Avoid EU Clash [Video]Swiss Voters Approve Tighter Gun Control, Avoid EU Clash

According to Reuters, Swiss voters agreed on Sunday to adopt tighter gun controls in line with changes to European Union rules, heading off a clash with Brussels. The restrictions, which apply to..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Countdown to Brexit: 165 days until Britain leaves the EU [Video]Countdown to Brexit: 165 days until Britain leaves the EU

Britain is set to leave the European Union on October 31. Here we take a look at the latest figures behind Brexit.

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Far-Right EU Parties Rally In Milan Prior To Election [Video]Far-Right EU Parties Rally In Milan Prior To Election

Reuters reports right-wing nationalist parties across Europe held a rally on Saturday in Milan, led by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. Supporters of Salvini’s League party gathered in a..

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Far-Right Rallies Held In Milan Ahead Of EU Parliamentary Vote [Video]Far-Right Rallies Held In Milan Ahead Of EU Parliamentary Vote

Reuters reports Nationalist and far-right parties from across Europe held a rally on Saturday, led by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. Those speaking at the rally vowed to reshape the..

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Italy's Salvini opens European far-right rally in Milan [Video]Italy's Salvini opens European far-right rally in Milan

Italy's far-right League party leader Matteo Salvini on Saturday officially opened his closing rally in Milan ahead of the upcoming European election. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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Countdown to Brexit: 166 days until Britain leaves the EU [Video]Countdown to Brexit: 166 days until Britain leaves the EU

Britain is set to leave the European Union on October 31. Here we take a look at the latest figures behind Brexit.

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Farage tells SNP supporters: Lend me your votes for the European Elections [Video]Farage tells SNP supporters: Lend me your votes for the European Elections

Nigel Farage has made a pitch to SNP voters in Scotland, saying Scottish independence while still in the EU is the "most dishonest political discourse I've ever seen anywhere in the world". Urging..

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Video: European Parliament elections — how are you represented in EU? [Video]Video: European Parliament elections — how are you represented in EU?

Wondering how you're represented in Europe ahead of the elections? Here’s a quick breakdown.

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Labour declares Brexit talks with Conservatives dead [Video]Labour declares Brexit talks with Conservatives dead

Brexit talks between the UK's Conservative and Labour parties have come to a close after six weeks - without reaching an agreement. Lauren Anthony reports.

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Labour declares Brexit talks dead as May's premiership crumbles [Video]Labour declares Brexit talks dead as May's premiership crumbles

According to Reuters.com, "Britain’s tumultuous divorce from the European Union was again in disarray on Friday as the opposition Labour Party declared last-ditch cross-party talks dead as Prime..

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Countdown to Brexit: 167 days until Britain leaves the EU [Video]Countdown to Brexit: 167 days until Britain leaves the EU

Britain is set to leave the European Union on October 31. Here we take a look at the latest figures behind Brexit.

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Britain's May to Agree Departure After Latest Brexit Deal Bid [Video]Britain's May to Agree Departure After Latest Brexit Deal Bid

According to Reuters, British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a timetable for her departure in early June after the latest attempt to get her Brexit deal approved by parliament. Three years..

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Merkel Dismisses Speculation About Possible Move To Big EU Job [Video]Merkel Dismisses Speculation About Possible Move To Big EU Job

According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, Germany's Angela Merkel reaffirmed that she would leave politics after the conclusion of her fourth term as chancellor, dismissing speculation that she..

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'Banana split' costs five banks a $1.2bln fine [Video]'Banana split' costs five banks a $1.2bln fine

The European Commission has fined five banks a total of $1.2bln for rigging foreign exchange markets. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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Boris Johnson Will Run For UK Conservative Party Leadership [Video]Boris Johnson Will Run For UK Conservative Party Leadership

According to CNN, Boris Johnson, the former UK Foreign Secretary and an ardent critic of Theresa May's Brexit strategy, has confirmed he will run for leadership of the Conservative Party when the..

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Boris Johnson Bids For UK Leader [Video]Boris Johnson Bids For UK Leader

On Thursday Britain’s former foreign minister and a prominent campaigner to leave the European Union, Boris Johnson said he will be standing as a candidate to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as..

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Merkel  Unavailable For Political Office After Chancellorship [Video]Merkel Unavailable For Political Office After Chancellorship

Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Thursday she would be unavailable for any further political office after serving out her fourth term as chancellor. The announcement dismissing speculation that she..

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Polish support for EU booming despite clashes with Brussels [Video]Polish support for EU booming despite clashes with Brussels

Fifteen years after Poland joined the European Union, 91% of Poles support the country's membership, according to a poll.

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Rise of populism in Europe ahead of European Parliament elections [Video]Rise of populism in Europe ahead of European Parliament elections

Between May 23 and 26, voters across the EU will elect members of the European Parliament.

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Countdown to Brexit: 168 days until Britain leaves the EU [Video]Countdown to Brexit: 168 days until Britain leaves the EU

Britain is set to leave the European Union on October 31. Here we take a look at the latest figures behind Brexit.

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EU Presidential Debate told UK is 'Game of Thrones on steroids' [Video]EU Presidential Debate told UK is 'Game of Thrones on steroids'

Voters must "defend our Europe" from the rise of nationalism and populism, the EU presidential debate heard.

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Voting Down Revised Brexit Deal Leaves MPs With 2 Options [Video]Voting Down Revised Brexit Deal Leaves MPs With 2 Options

According to Business Insider, British members of Parliament will be left with two options if they reject the Brexit deal again. MPs will vote on the UK's revised withdrawal agreement next month, after..

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Hands off our guns, Swiss enthusiasts tell EU ahead of vote [Video]Hands off our guns, Swiss enthusiasts tell EU ahead of vote

Switzerland's long-standing gun culture could be about to change after binding referendum on Sunday, a vote which is also tied to its position in Europe's Schengen system. Megan Revell reports.

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Iran halts some commitments under nuclear deal [Video]Iran halts some commitments under nuclear deal

Iran has officially stopped some commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers following an order from its national security council, an official in the country's atomic energy body told the..

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UK's Brexit Party maintains big lead in EU election poll

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 the European elections.
Reuters - Published

Merkel says Croatia's euro ambitions very realistic

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 development.
Reuters - Published

Cheers and jeers as Europe's far-right rallies in Milan

Nationalist parties from across Europe held a rally on Saturday, led by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, promising to reshape the continent following next week's EU parliamentary election.
Reuters - Published

Europe's far-right rallies in Milan ahead of EU vote

Nationalist and far-right parties from across Europe held a rally on Saturday, led by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, promising to reshape the continent following next week's EU..
Reuters - Published

Italy's Salvini says EU vote will lead to big changes in Europe

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 bank chief, Italian Deputy Prime Minister..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Who's who in the great EU jobs hunt

Next week's European Parliament election will usher in a major reshuffle of top jobs in EU institutions.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: The national stakes in the EU elections

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 member states. Here are some examples of..
Reuters - Published

Days before elections, EU approves new cyber sanctions regime

The European Union will directly penalize computer hackers after governments agreed on Friday a new mechanism to target individuals anywhere in the world, freezing their assets in the bloc and banning..
Reuters - Published

Collapse of Brexit talks a very negative development: Irish PM

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 negative development, Irish Prime..
Reuters - Published

Confused by EU elections? Brexit makes it worse, candidate says

The delay to Britain's departure from the European Union has only confused voters who already have little enthusiasm for European Parliament elections, according to Socialist lead candidate Frans..
Reuters - Published

Pumping up the volume, conservative runs glitzy EU campaign

If top conservative candidate Manfred Weber has achieved one thing in his campaign for EU parliamentary elections that by tradition feel too irrelevant to set pulses racing, it is to introduce power..
Reuters - Published

Britain's Brexit talks collapse as May's premiership crumbles

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 Prime Minister Theresa May's crumbling..
Reuters - Published

Timeline: Brexit - What is due to happen in British politics before Oct. 31?

When the European Union agreed in April to extend the date of Britain's exit from the bloc for a second time, European Council President Donald Tusk pleaded: "Don't waste this time".
Reuters - Published

Brexit disarray returns: Labour declares talks dead as May's premiership fades

Britain's tumultuous divorce from the European Union was again in disarray on Friday as the opposition Labour Party declared last-ditch cross-party talks were dead in the twilight of Prime Minister..
Reuters - Published

Italy's Di Maio not worried over possible European sanctions

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday he was not worried over possible EU sanctions in case of violation of fiscal rules, as he was confident European leadership would change after..
Reuters - Published

Brexit referendum more likely if talks collapse, Labour's Benn says

Another referendum on European Union membership is more likely if talks between Prime Minister Theresa May's government and the opposition Labour Party collapse, an influential Labour lawmaker said on..
Reuters - Published

Open up U.S. market, EU says in riposte to Pentagon threat

U.S. fears about losing European defense contracts are unfounded, Brussels told Washington on Thursday after the Pentagon demanded the European Union curtail a new military pact that it sees as a..
Reuters - Published

Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson to stand as next UK Conservative leader: BBC

Boris Johnson, the face of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, said on Thursday he will be standing as a candidate to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as Conservative leader.
Reuters - Published

Merkel dismisses speculation she could move to big EU job

Germany's Angela Merkel reaffirmed on Thursday that she would leave politics after serving out her fourth term as chancellor, dismissing speculation that she could take a big European Union job in..
Reuters - Published

Italy coalition aims to heal its wounds after bitter EU vote race

Italy's ruling parties intend to relaunch their coalition after next week's European elections, sources from both parties say, but it may not be easy after attacking each other for weeks during a..
Reuters - Published

Merkel unavailable for political office after chancellorship

Germany's Angela Merkel said on Thursday she would be unavailable for any further political office after serving out her fourth term as chancellor, dismissing speculation that she could take a big..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Party time - EU election line-ups

EU citizens will elect a new European Parliament next week. National parties line up in pan-EU groups. These could change after the vote, but in the outgoing legislature the eight groups are:
Reuters - Published

France won't ease reforms if far-right make EU gains: PM

President Emmanuel Macron will press ahead with a social and economic reform agenda that spurred months of anti-government protests in France even if the far-right comes out on top in European..
Reuters - Published

Who burned Notre Dame? Brussels goes after fake news as EU election nears

The European Union has launched a coordinated fight against fake news ahead of this month's European Parliament elections, but officials acknowledge there are limits to what can be achieved against a..
Reuters - Published

Dueling in the dark: EU candidates pitch to (some) voters

Raising corporate taxes and wages, cutting carbon emissions, handling African migrants and standing up to Russia, China and the United States all got an airing in Europe's "presidential debate" on..
Reuters - Published

UK's Labour will not abstain in Brexit vote: senior lawmaker

Britain's opposition Labour Party will vote against Prime Minister Theresa May's European Union withdrawal bill next month, and will not abstain, if the deal does not meet Labour's conditions, a senior..
Reuters - Published

EU condemns Venezuela's 'flawed' court case against opposition lawmakers

The European Union condemned what it called Venezuela's "flawed judicial decisions" against four opposition lawmakers on Wednesday, saying it would lead to an escalation of the political crisis in the..
Reuters - Published

Merkel admits differences with Macron, says they agree on fundamentals

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and French President Emmanuel Macron have "intense debates" and think differently but can still find compromises, insisting that they are able to drive the..
Reuters - Published

UK's May 'sure' lawmakers will want to deliver Brexit in June vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was confident lawmakers would want to deliver Brexit when legislation to secure Britain's departure from the European Union comes before parliament next..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: The Brexit law - What is the UK government putting to parliament next month?

Prime Minister Theresa May plans to ask British lawmakers to vote in early June on legislation to ratify her Brexit deal with the European Union.
Reuters - Published

How the EU will vote and why it matters

Europeans will elect a new EU legislature next week. This is why the vote matters:
Reuters - Published

Rebels hope to kill off May's Brexit deal in 'last-chance' vote

Brexit-supporting rebels in British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party said on Wednesday they would vote down her European Union divorce deal when she brings it back to parliament next..
Reuters - Published

No-deal Brexit risk is under appreciated, Britain's Brexit minister says

There is an under appreciation of the risk Britain could leave the European Union without a deal later this year, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

UK PM May says she will not pay for EU market access after Brexit

Britain will not pay for access to the European Union's market after it has left the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

EU should give Britain more time to reconsider Brexit: Poland

The European Union should allow Britain as much time as needed to reconsider Brexit, Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told Reuters.
Reuters - Published

Brexit rebels tell Theresa May: Your EU divorce deal is dead

Brexit-supporting rebels in British Prime Minister Theresa May's party said on Wednesday they would vote down her European Union divorce deal when she brings it back to parliament early next month.
Reuters - Published

UK's Fox says lawmakers rejecting Brexit legislation means no Brexit or no deal

British lawmakers will have to decide next month whether to vote to ensure Britain leaves the EU with a deal or risk either no Brexit or crashing out without an agreement, trade minister Liam Fox said..
Reuters - Published

British govt to put forward Brexit legislation in June; Withdrawal Agreement Bill to ensure 'swift exit' from EU

Downing Street said Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had agreed on a possible compromise that would end a deadlock on Brexit in Parliament.
Firstpost - Published

Britain's May to launch new push on her Brexit deal next month

British Prime Minister Theresa May will launch another push next month to approve Britain's exit from the European Union before the summer break, setting a new deadline for her Brexit plan and a..
Reuters - Published

U.S. senators offer bill targeting Russia-Germany pipeline

A group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Tuesday seeking sanctions targeting the Nord Stream 2, a planned gas pipeline from Russia to Germany under fire from the..
Reuters - Published

British PM, ministers agree Brexit deal must be ratified by summer break

The British government agreed on Tuesday it was "imperative" to ratify Britain's exit from the European Union before the summer break, setting out the clearest deadline so far for the embattled plan..
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Italy's Di Maio raps Salvini over 'irresponsible' debt remarks

Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday criticized a suggestion by his coalition partner Matteo Salvini that Italy could break European Union fiscal rules and increase its public debt in order to spur job creation.
Reuters - Published

'Poison pills': Pentagon tells EU not to block U.S. companies from defense pact

A new European Union military pact risks shutting American companies out of defense contracts and undermining NATO, the United States has told the bloc, hinting at possible retaliation.
Reuters - Published

UK government still preparing for 'no deal' Brexit - PM May's spokesman

The British government is continuing to make preparations for leaving the European Union without a deal, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

EU peacekeepers warn Serb leader against dividing Bosnia's armed forces

The European Union peacekeeping force (EUFOR) in Bosnia warned the Serbian representative on Bosnia's presidency on Tuesday against saying anything to weaken the country's multi-ethnic armed forces..
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Despite falling numbers, immigration remains divisive EU issue

Migrant arrivals to Italy have almost dried up, new asylum requests across the European Union have more than halved in three years and at the end of 2018, Hungary's reception centers housed just three..
Reuters - Published

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