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What is the Treaty of Rome?

The Treaty of Rome, which was signed in 1957 by the original six member states, laid much of the groundwork for the EU as it is today.
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What is the External Action Service?

The External Action Service, or EEAS, is the EU’s diplomatic service. It was established after the Lisbon Treaty on 1 January 2011.
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Who is Josep Borrell?

Josep Borrell is the EU’s chief diplomat, also known as the High Representative for Foreign Affairs. Read this fact to find out more.
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Can any country join the EU?

No, only European countries may join the EU. This was tested in 1987 when Morocco’s application was rejected.
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What is Erasmus?

Erasmus is the EU’s student exchange programme, which funds opportunities for citizens in the EU and partner countries to study abroad. It…

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What is the Eurogroup?

The Eurogroup is the meeting of the finance ministers of the euro zone member states. Read this fact to find out more.
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What is the Schengen area?

It is an agreement between 22 EU member states and the 4 countries of EFTA to remove regular checks on the movement of people between them.
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What are coronabonds?

Coronabonds are an idea mooted by several eurozone countries to issue collective debt to combat the economic impact of Covid-19.
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What is the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)?

The MFF is the overall EU budget for every seven-year period, setting out funding for the EU’s major programmes.
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How does the EU decide on an extension of Article 50?

The Article 50 period gives a member state two years to negotiate its exit from the EU. Read this fact to find out more.
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What is the European Union?

The European Union is a political and economic union of 27 member states. It first developed over the decades immediately following the Second World War.
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Who is Ursula von der Leyen?

Ursula von der Leyen is a Christian Democrat politician who was elected as the president of the European Commission in 2019.
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