European Union

Political and economic union of European states

The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The union has a total area of 4,233,255.3 km2 (1,634,469.0 sq mi) and an estimated total population of about 447 million. An internal single market has been established through a standardised system of laws that apply in all member states in those matters, and only those matters, where the states 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. Passport controls have been abolished for travel within the Schengen Area. A monetary union was established in 1999, coming into full force in 2002, and is composed of 19 member states which use the euro currency. The EU has often been described as a sui generis political entity with the characteristics of either a federation or confederation.

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Facebook plans to hire 10,000 people in the European Union over the next five years to help build its metaverse, the social media giant has announced.
2 days ago • Sky News
The United States will reopen its borders to travellers from the UK and European Union, lifting a ban that has been in place for more than 18 months.
4 days ago • Sky News
There is a "lot of work to do" and a "big gap" remains between the UK and EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol, the Brexit minister has said.
Credit: Sky News - Published 4 days ago

The Brexit minister has called for an "intensive talks process" with the EU and said he hoped the bloc's position on trade between Northern Ireland and Great..
Credit: Sky News - Published 6 days ago

The EU has offered to cut 80% of checks on some goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland in an effort to avoid a post-Brexit trade clash.
6 days ago • Sky News
The EU is expected to outline its response to UK demands to alter post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland following this summer's tense "sausage war"..
1 week ago • Sky News
Brexit minister Lord Frost has accused the EU of being an organisation "that doesn't always look like" it wants the UK to succeed as he demanded changes to..
1 week ago • Sky News

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