The European Union ( Eu )

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When it was first founded in 1958, the European Union (EU) was a small organization of only six countries and was referred to as the European Economic Union. Created in the aftermath of World War II, they believed it’s first steps should be to foster economic cooperation between countries using the idea that “countries that trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict.” Today, it has evolved into an organization, which includes 28 members, that spans across a variety of policy areas including health, environment, and external relations and security. The EU is based on the rule of law which states “everything it does is founded on treaties, voluntarily and democratically agreed by its member countries.” It is governed by the principle of a representative democracy. Citizens are directly represented at Union level in the European Parliament and Member States are represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU. Since the European Union’s founding over fifty years ago, there have been many changes and issues that have both positively and negatively impacted its existence. The most recent issues include persistent tension, economic depression, the rise of anti-EU, and a lack of leadership.
Because the European Union is made up of multiple countries, lead by multiple leaders, there is obviously going to be some types of conflict among the nations. A common topic that is widely disagreed on is the enlargement of the…

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