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The European Union and its Member States

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How does the EU help it's members economy? Do we need a EU? What are positive and negative points to members?

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This solution first provides you with an overview as to what the European Union is - in addition to listing all its member states. It then details several ways in which the European Union helps or has helped it member states or the peole within these states. Information provided within will help you to determine whether or not a European Union is needed and what the postive and negative points to member states are. Note, this solution is adequately referenced.

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Before you begin to answer the three questions given, the first thing you may want to do is state what the European Union is; after which you may look at how it seeks to help its member states and what are the advantages and disadvantages of being a member.

The European Union is a unique economic and political partnership between several democratic European countries. It was founded after the Second World War by a group of five men (namely Konrad Adenauer, Alcide De Gasperi, Winston Churchill, Robert Schuman, and Jean Monnet) who first created the European Steel and Coal Community in 1950 with an aim to unite European countries economically and politically in order to secure lasting peace. This unification drive continued into the 1990's when the body became known as the European Union (established under the Maastricht Treaty - 1993). Back then in 1952, the European union had six countries; however, today the union has 27 member states (as listed below) with as many as 498 million citizens.

1) Austria
2) Belgium
3) Bulgaria
4) Cyprus
5) Czech Republic
6) Denmark
7) Estonia
8) Finland
9) France
10) Germany
11) Greece
12) Hungary
13) Ireland
14) Italy
15) Latvia
16) Lithuania
17) Luxembourg
18) Malta
19) Netherlands
20) Poland
21) Portugal
22) Romania
23) Slovakia
24) Slovenia
25) Spain
26) Sweden
27) United Kingdom

Take note that, part of the European Union's mission especially in this the 21st century is to, "provide peace, prosperity and stability for its peoples; overcome the divisions on the continent; ensure that its people can live in safety; promote balanced economic and social development; meet the challenges of globalisation and preserve the diversity of the peoples of Europe; uphold the values that Europeans share, such as sustainable development and a sound environment, respect for human rights and the social market economy." (Source: http://europa.eu/abc/12lessons/lesson_1/index_en.htm) In order to achieve its mission, the European Union has three bodies set up to run the EU and adopt its legislation. They are:

1) The European Parliament (representing the people of Europe)
2) ...

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