The European Union: Questions and Answers (PDF; 166 KB)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Open CRS)

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership that represents a unique form of cooperation among its 27 sovereign member states. The Union is the latest stage of a process of integration begun after World War II to promote peace, stability, and economic prosperity in Europe. The United States has strongly supported the EU and its progenitors as a means to foster democratic states and robust trading partners.

Obama and Medvedev sign nuclear treaty

from FT.com – World, Europe
US and Russian presidents sign new strategic arms control treaty at a ceremony in Prague, but the pact skirts around some troublesome issues, such as missile defence

Obama, Medvedev sign treaty to reduce nuclear weapons

from Wash Post Europe by Michael D. Shear

PRAGUE — President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a sweeping new arms reduction pact Thursday that pledges to reduce the stockpile of deployed, strategic nuclear weapons in both countries and commits the old Cold War adversaries to new procedures to verify which weapons each …

The EU?s role in UK immigration

from Nosemonkey’s EUtopia

Just a quick note for future reference, as most people who blame the EU for ?uncontrollable? immigration (*ahem* UKIP *ahem*) tend not to know what they?re talking about ? but also tend not to believe anything you say unless it?s from an ?unbiased? (read, ?eurosceptic?) source.

Behind the veil

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
The issues fuelling France’s debate on the niqab

And the winner is…the European Commission

by Open Europe blog team

Remember the promise that the Lisbon Treaty would ‘streamline’ the EU institutions, i.e. making them simpler and more democratic? Well, if you still believe it (after this, this, this, this and this) with the risk of being bored to death, check this out:

MAIN FOCUS: A new start for Russia and the US | 09/04/2010

from euro|topics

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed a new Start Treaty on the disarmament of nuclear weapons. The agreement is a positive signal but will hardly make the world a safer place, writes Europe’s press.

Zero growth offers no relief in euro crisis

from Public Affairs 2.0 by fhknobby

Zero GDP growth in the eurozone for the last quarter of 2009 and a feeble recovery in the first quarter of 2010 is not what Europe?s finance ministers might wish to hear, but that?s the latest message from the OECD.  It just shows what a challenge Europe faces in restoring the strength of public finances, most especially in Greece and other eurozone countries facing massive budget deficits.

The EU 2020 Strategy puts the European Social Model at Risk

from Social Europe Journal by Pervenche Beres

For social democrats, the principles guiding any crisis exit strategy must be the smooth transition to a model based on sustainability and solidarity. This requires to recognise the social origins of the crisis and to draw the correct policy implications from it.

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