- A supranational organisation created in the 1950s to bring together the nations of Europe into closer economic and political connection. At the beginning of 2007, 27 member nations were Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Etymology: From European "of Europe" + union, Union
- Dutch: Europese Unie
- French: Union européenne
- German: Europí¤ische Union
- Italian: Unione Europea
- Spanish: Unión Europea
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