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What is the European Union?

In 1993, a organization known as the European Community was rechartered and reorganized to form the European Union. The European Union membership includes most of Europe.

The European Union has a flag, which is a circle of twelve gold stars on a blue background (twelve being a number that represents perfection and completeness.) The EU also has a currency, called the euro, which is used in many of the EU member countries.

1951 six countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) founded the original predecessor of the European Union, the European Coal and Steel Community.

Read this Overview of the EU for more information.


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