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Definition: The European Union

The European Union is a group of 27 democratic European countries working together for Europe's common values such as democracy, freedom and social justice. Without the purpose of replacing existing states, the EU member states have created common institutions including the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission. The Presidency of the Council rotates every six months, giving each country a turn to set the agenda.

Europeans have more influence on the world stage if they speak with a single voice. With almost 490 million citizens, the EU represents its members in the WTO and observes at G8 summits and at the UN. For more details,

The original member states came together after World War Two to prevent future killings and destruction experienced during the two world wars. At first, the countries focused on economic and trade cooperation and today the EU still strives to maintain a single market, in order to realize free movement of people, goods, services and capital. Thirteen members have adopted the euro as common currency. In addition to economic integration, the modern EU deals with a wide range of issues impacting the everyday lives of Europeans.

Want more European Union? Check out the EU's channel on YouTube: EUXTV.


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totygoliguez totygoliguez 9 years
I love my Spanish citizenship, as that's major said it gives you many options, you can live and work in any EU country. I love having 2 citizenship and soon I will get my American (which is very important)
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
With American citizenship, you are allowed to have no-questions-asked double citizenship that is ACKNOWLEDGED by the US government from only a few countries (ie Israel). BUT a lot of countries will acknowledge your American citizenship and allow you to get double citizenship from their side, without having to renounce the US. This is how Americans get around the double-citizenship thing :-)
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I think that in the US there's no control of how many citizenships you have. Maybe if you have to work in anything that's related to the State they will make you choose, but not otherwise. I have double-citizenship (US and Spain) and, in both countries, there isn't much control. Being a citizen of the EU gives you so many advantages. I hope that countries like Great Britain will join the Euro zone. Having the same currency is very helpful!
Veekore Veekore 9 years
Thatsmajor, is tripple-citizenship allowed for the US? I remember reading in a government website that only some double-citizenship applications are considered.
Advah Advah 9 years
Exellent point, Thatsmajor. I realised only when studying abroad that having an EU passport makes things SO much easier when it comes to work (full time or part time), travels, no visa, uni fees and registration..
thatsmajor thatsmajor 9 years
Being a citizen of one of the EU countries also gives you access to legally work and live in any of the other member countries. I am lucky enough to have triple-citizenship (Argentina, US, and Italy), and I must say that I treat my Italian passport like gold. I'd love to live in Barcelona one day, and it's nice to have that option.
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