The European Union (EU)
The foundation of the European Union (EU) was created in the aftermath of World War II in response to the economic, social and political devastations that resulted from nationalist divisions within Europe. The EU has evolved over time to include 27 countries, and operates based on the decisions of numerous governing bodies within the organization. This guide introduces the history of the EU and how it was formed, and explores how it currently operates.
History of the EU
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How the EU Functions
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As the European Union expands to include an increasing number of countries, the organization faces ever-changing dynamics and challenges. The following media sources show you the broad range of arguments and perspectives that encompass current European Union debates and news, both from the EU perspective and from external sources, mainstream and independent alike.
- If you want news from the EU perspective, visit any of the individual branch Web sites recommended in the previous section.
- Although we’ve suggested some worthwhile blogs in this guide, there are thousands of other great resources to choose from. If you like what you see, go to the blogrolls of the sources listed below for more recommendations.
For media associated with the EU…
European Union - Delegation of the European Commission to the USA details current EU news concerning the relationship between the European Union and the United States. Read the featured articles highlighted on the homepage, or browse by “Policy Areas” (listed on the left) or “Hot Topics” on the right.
Europa Press Room lists press releases in order of their most recent publication. Use the “Live,” “Video,” “Photo” and “Audio” tabs on the left to browse multimedia news sources.
For mainstream media sources…
The BBC ’s ”Inside Europe” section focuses especially on European Union news. Learn about major issues through articles that debate the value of expansion, reform and EU voting issues. Subscribe to the RSS feed, or stream audio or video versions of the news.
The International Herald Tribune is another British news source with an extensive section on European coverage. Although this section doesn’t cover the European Union exclusively, it is a primary theme throughout the site’s European coverage, and articles detailing European Union news abound.
For blogs and independent media…
EU-Digest is a directory of news links related to Europe gathered from around the Web. Links are updated daily and are accompanied with a brief summary. Add comments to the postings to foster the dialog offered by the site.
A Fistful of Euros gives a pan-European perspective on issues relevant to the European Union. The site provides articles daily, and allows users to post comments in response to any discussion. Most of the contributing editors have backgrounds in political journalism, law, political think tanks or academia.
EU Pundit has extensive coverage of EU events, including opinion pieces and articles that refer to major media sources and their coverage of the EU. The blogroll, found on the right, suggests other worthwhile blogs.
Debate Europe , hosted by Europa, offers a discussion forum for those interested in debating the current issues of the EU. Forum threads deal with topics such as ”Climate change and energy,” the “Future of Europe” and “Intercultural dialogue.”