The European Union is a politico-economic union with 28 member states. It started in 1957 as the European Economic Community and created a common economic area so member countries could trade with each other as if they were one country.

The objective of the EU is to bring its member states closer together with respect of human rights and democracy. It does this with a common style of passport, common rules about fair trading with each other, common agreements about law enforcement, and other agreements. Most members share a common currency (the euro) and most allow people to travel from one country to another without having to show a passport.

The EU budget is currently around €150 billion a year. It does not currently have an organised military, as 22 of its members are also part of NATO.

Members Of The EU Edit

Founders in 1957
Joined in 1973
Joined in 1981
Left in 1985
Joined in 1986
  • Portugal
  • Spain
Joined in 1995
Joined in 2004
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
Joined in 2007
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
Joined in 2013
  • Croatia

Diplomacy and Events Edit

  • Canada is supplying EU countries with oil