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
Experience has taught us not to take the labels the European Union chooses to place on its many and various "pacts" at face value.
If they reduce their own emissions beyond a set point, they can sell the excess to others in the form of carbon permits called European Union allowances, or EUAs.
They actually think, gasp..... that we would be better off without the ball and chain we call the European Union around our ankles.
An indication of the breadth of activity of this construct we call the European Union comes in a story in The Times today.
The commonality saw its ultimate expression in what today is known as the European Union.
The expansion of the SVHC list is part of a long term European Union strategy to regulate and limit the use of hazardous substances.
• The European court of human rights was incorrectly described as a European Union institution in a headline It's not a crime to insult the king, EU court tells Spain, 16 March, page 21.
"I think the policies are a good step towards finding common ground with the European Union, which is I think a vision that all Greeks should aspire to," a bystander told reporters.
"We're trying to get around this obstacle by getting the EFSF to finance the next tranche," one official said, referring to the European Union's rescue fund, the European Financial Stability Facility.
The unrest among local Serbs opposed to the independence of Kosovo, a former Serbian province, threatens to set back Serbian efforts to win candidate status for membership in the European Union, which is set to vote on the matter next week.