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The EU in the World

The EU is the biggest provider of financial assistance and advice to poorer countries. We’re involved in conflict prevention and peacekeeping. We support reconstruction efforts in countries like Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and we’ve taken the lead in dealing with the problem of global warming and the emission of greenhouse gases.

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Common Foreign Policy

Together we form a community of shared values, based on the promotion of human rights, the rule of law, the peaceful settlement of disputes, and disarmament...

The EU and its Neighbours

The European Union has united a continent from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. Its membership has risen from six original members to 27 today. Membership...

Trade

The European Union is the third largest Union in the world after China and India. The EU generates the majority of world trade and creates one quarter...

Development Aid

Lifting poor countries out of poverty is a key aim of the EU. And it is a huge task. More than 1 billion people around the world live on a Euro a day or...

Security & Defence Policy

The European Union’s security and defence policy, ESDP, is focused on supporting international peace and security, the resolution of conflict and...