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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 eurozone member states. It is thus a slightly smaller version of…

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What is the Schengen area?

The Schengen area is an agreement between 22 EU member states and the four countries of the European Free Trade Association to…

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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 – or Multiannual Financial Framework – is the overall EU budget for every seven-year period, setting out funding for the…

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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. However, should more time be…

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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…

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Who is Ursula von der Leyen?

She is a conservative politician elected as the president of the European Commission, taking over from president Jean-Claude Juncker. Her term began…

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Where does the European Parliament meet?

The official seat of the European Parliament is in Strasbourg, in eastern France. This is where the plenary sessions of the whole…

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Which countries are in the EU?

The EU has 27 member states, each of whom joined in phases. The original six who formed the European Economic Community (EEC)…

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How many MEPs are there in the European Parliament?

Currently, there are 705 MEPs in the European Parliament; that is, 704 plus the president. Read this fact to find out more.
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