The European Union



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Anthem of European Union


In the last century, many European countries fought each other in two world wars and millions of people died. Europe’s economy
was badly damaged and the map of Europe had to be redrawn as the borders of some countries changed.

Two Frenchmen, Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet, put forward the idea that the two previous enemies, France and Germany, should in future work together in the production of coal and steel instead of using it to make weapons to fight each other.

Today the European Union is one big market place for all member states, based on four freedoms:

  • Free movement of people allowing us to travel but also live, study or work abroad;
  • Free movement of goods allowing us to buy and sell products from/to each other;
  • Free movement of services allowing us to share the skills and expertise we need from each other;
  • Free movement of capital allowing us to transfer or invest our money to/in other member states.

Member states

State
Capital
Austria
Vienna
Belgium
Brussels
Bulgaria
Sofia
Cyprus
Nicosia
Czech Republic
Prague
Denmark
Copenhagen
Estonia
Tallinn
Finland
Helsinki
France
Paris
Germany
Berlin
Greece
Athens
Hungary
Budapest
Ireland
Dublin
Italy
Rome
Latvia
Riga
Lithuania
Vilnius
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Malta
Valletta
Netherlands
Amsterdam
Poland
Warsaw
Portugal
Lisbon
Romania
Bucharest
Slovakia
Bratislava
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Spain
Madrid
Sweden
Stockholm
United Kingdom
London