from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An economic and political union established in 1993 after the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty by members of the European Community and since expanded to include numerous Central and Eastern European nations. The establishment of the European Union expanded the political scope of the European Economic Community, especially in the area of foreign and security policy, and provided for the creation of a central European bank and the adoption of a common currency, the euro.
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- proper n. An antifascist resistance group active during Germany’s Nazi era.
- proper n. A supranational organisation created in the 1950s to bring the nations of Europe into closer economic and political connection. At the beginning of 2007, 27 member nations were Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
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- n. an international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members
Formed as European + Union, in the sense of the resistance group, after the German Europäische Union. (Wiktionary)