History UsefulNotes / TheEuropeanUnion

31st Dec '16 7:17:57 PM nombretomado
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It should be noted that many aspects of a united Europe actually have little or nothing to do with the European Union itself. There are several dozen organizations and treaties that unite European countries in some way or another. While many of these are connected to the EU, like the European currency, the free trade area, Schengen area and customs union, some like the [[UsefulNotes/{{ESA}} European Space Agency]] or [[EurovisionSongContest Eurovision]] and [[UsefulNotes/EuroFooty UEFA]] are not affiliated with the EU at all. They all have different sets of members and keep expanding and changing all the time, so it can be hard to keep track of who is part of what at any given moment. The main force which holds the confederation tight together is the reliance on an European budget which can provide funding for what is needed in member states' large-scale projects, according to a very complex and convoluted regulation system.

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It should be noted that many aspects of a united Europe actually have little or nothing to do with the European Union itself. There are several dozen organizations and treaties that unite European countries in some way or another. While many of these are connected to the EU, like the European currency, the free trade area, Schengen area and customs union, some like the [[UsefulNotes/{{ESA}} European Space Agency]] or [[EurovisionSongContest [[Series/EurovisionSongContest Eurovision]] and [[UsefulNotes/EuroFooty UEFA]] are not affiliated with the EU at all. They all have different sets of members and keep expanding and changing all the time, so it can be hard to keep track of who is part of what at any given moment. The main force which holds the confederation tight together is the reliance on an European budget which can provide funding for what is needed in member states' large-scale projects, according to a very complex and convoluted regulation system.
20th Nov '16 10:51:16 AM Jhonny
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Scotland wanted to have this status if it decided to formally become a separate country from the rest of the UK in 2014, but the EU wasn't very positive about them automatically having said status, and it has become a moot point since the referendum ended with a narrow victory for the "No" camp.

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Scotland wanted to have this status if it decided to formally become a separate country from the rest of the UK in 2014, but the EU wasn't very positive about them automatically having said status, and it has become a moot point since the referendum ended with a narrow victory for the "No" camp.
camp. However, following the Brexit vote (in which Scotland voted to remain in the EU while England and Wales voted to leave) there has been some clamoring from both Scottish [=MEPs=] and the Scottish government to either be admitted to the EU as a sovereign nation following British withdrawal or to get a say (and possible veto) in any negotiations about a British withdrawal from the EU.
20th Nov '16 10:46:18 AM Jhonny
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Today the EU has 28 members:

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Today the EU has 28 28[[labelnote: *]]Great Britain is as of November 2016 still a member until further notice despite the Brexit referendum with no date for exit yet set[[/labelnote]] members:
16th Nov '16 12:17:28 PM MrBadAxe
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* Represented by FEISAR[[note]]Federal European Industrial Science and Research[[/note]] in the ''{{VideoGame/Wipeout}}'' series. ''HD'' features the motto, "Race for [[{{Pun}} E-U]]nity".
16th Nov '16 11:51:33 AM MrBadAxe
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* UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} -- joined in 1995 and is frequently rated as one of the best countries in the world to live. Depicted as NorseByNorsewest, but maintains that it belongs to a different cultural tradition. The distinguishing characteristics of its own one are snow, alcohol and self-pity. Has a national inferiority complex, uses being full of rocks, trees and water as its main attraction, is relatively large and sparsely populated, too damn cold and too damn dark; is thus the local equivalent of Canada. Every one of its residents may or may not be [[Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld switchblade-carrying black magicians according to the Danes]]. Famous exports include metal bands by the bucketful, including but not limited to Music/{{Lordi}}, Music/{{Nightwish}}, and Music/SonataArctica. Notable contributions to the world include the MolotovCocktail, the SaunaOfDeath, several great racing drivers, and [[UsefulNotes/SimoHayha history's most deadly sniper ever]]. [[Theatre/{{Spamalot}} That's the country for me!]]

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* UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} -- joined in 1995 and is frequently rated as one of the best countries in the world to live. Depicted as NorseByNorsewest, but maintains that it belongs to a different cultural tradition. The distinguishing characteristics of its own one are snow, alcohol and self-pity. Has a national inferiority complex, uses being full of rocks, trees and water as its main attraction, is relatively large and sparsely populated, too damn cold and too damn dark; is thus the local equivalent of Canada. Every one of its residents may or may not be [[Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld switchblade-carrying black magicians according to the Danes]]. Famous exports include metal bands by the bucketful, including but not limited to Music/{{Lordi}}, Music/{{Nightwish}}, and Music/SonataArctica. Notable contributions to the world include the MolotovCocktail, the SaunaOfDeath, several great racing drivers, and [[UsefulNotes/SimoHayha history's most deadly sniper ever]]. Also, electronics and computer technology--MySQL, IRC, and Linux were all developed by Finns, and it's also the birthplace of cell phone company Nokia. [[Theatre/{{Spamalot}} That's the country for me!]]
24th Sep '16 4:39:21 PM GojiBiscuits
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* UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} -- Joined in 2004. Famous for goulash [[note]]actually, it's called gulyás, and you've probably only had TheThemeParkVersion[[/note]] and other things with paprika, as well as many notable academics. Rather good at water sports despite being landlocked (it has got two large rivers). Known for the 1956 uprising against the Soviets, which was brutally crushed. Its language is from a completely different linguistic group to most of the rest of Europe except, bizarrely, Finnish and Estonian[[note]]This is explained (mostly) by their nomadic roots[[/note]].

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* UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} -- Joined in 2004. Famous for goulash [[note]]actually, it's called gulyás, and you've probably only had TheThemeParkVersion[[/note]] and other things with paprika, as well as many notable academics. Rather good at water sports despite being landlocked (it has got two large rivers). Known for the 1956 uprising against the Soviets, which was brutally crushed. Its language is from a completely different linguistic group to most of the rest of Europe except, bizarrely, Finnish and Estonian[[note]]This is explained (mostly) by their nomadic roots[[/note]]. Hungary and Slovenia are currently working on building a colossal wall to fight the migrant crisis, and if popular opinion is anything to go by, they seem particularly irritated by Germany's lack of control over the situation.
24th Sep '16 2:01:47 PM nombretomado
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* The [[ChannelFour Channel 4]] series ''[[http://portmanfilm.com/films/the_gravy_train.html The Gravy Train]]'' and the sequel, ''The Gravy Train Goes East'', are set in and around the European Union institutions in Brussels.

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* The [[ChannelFour Channel 4]] Creator/Channel4 series ''[[http://portmanfilm.com/films/the_gravy_train.html The Gravy Train]]'' and the sequel, ''The Gravy Train Goes East'', are set in and around the European Union institutions in Brussels.
24th Sep '16 4:05:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} -- The one everybody owes money to. Being the most populous country in Europe (not counting Russia), it's diverse enough to have two separate tropes dedicated to it -- {{Oktoberfest}} and {{Prussia}} (which has largely merged into the former). The [[WestGermany Western part]] was a founder member of the EU, the [[EastGermany Eastern part]] automatically joined on reunification, since it no longer existed. It has a female Chancellor (complete with PowerHair) and [[strike:still uses]] until recently used conscription. Obsessed with high inflation (the German word for debt is "guilt") and very keen on austerity measures.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} -- The one everybody owes money to. Being the most populous country in Europe (not counting Russia), it's diverse enough to have two separate tropes dedicated to it -- {{Oktoberfest}} and {{Prussia}} UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} (which has largely merged into the former). The [[WestGermany [[UsefulNotes/WestGermany Western part]] was a founder member of the EU, the [[EastGermany [[UsefulNotes/EastGermany Eastern part]] automatically joined on reunification, since it no longer existed. It has a female Chancellor (complete with PowerHair) and [[strike:still uses]] until recently used conscription. Obsessed with high inflation (the German word for debt is "guilt") and very keen on austerity measures.
11th Aug '16 8:15:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Director of the European Union plays an important role in the expansion for ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''. This being an AlternateUniverse, the EU is implied to be stronger though we don't get much info. We do, however, see a flag which is a combination of EU and UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} flags.
** And he's evil, to boot.

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* The Director of the European Union plays an important role in the expansion for ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''. And he's evil, to boot. This being an AlternateUniverse, the EU is implied to be stronger though we don't get much info. We do, however, see a flag which is a combination of EU and UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} flags.
** And he's evil, to boot.
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11th Aug '16 8:13:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic -- also a 2004 entry. Formerly CommieLand, when it was part of Czechoslovakia. Prefers to think of itself as "Central Europe" than "Eastern Europe". Literary greats Creator/FranzKafka, [[TheUnbearableLightnessOfBeing Milan Kundera]], and Václav Havel (who became the country's first president) are from here, although Kafka might have looked at you funny if you called him Czech (he was a German-speaking Jew). Mostly famous for its beautiful capital, Prague.

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* UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic -- also a 2004 entry. Formerly CommieLand, when it was part of Czechoslovakia. Prefers to think of itself as "Central Europe" than "Eastern Europe". Literary greats Creator/FranzKafka, [[TheUnbearableLightnessOfBeing Milan Kundera]], and Václav Havel (who became the country's first president) are from here, although Kafka might have looked at you funny if you called him Czech (he was a German-speaking Jew). Mostly famous for its beautiful capital, Prague.



* UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} -- Joined in 2004. Famous for goulash [[note]]actually, it's called gulyás, and you've probably only had TheThemeParkVersion[[/note]] and other things with paprika, as well as many notable academics. Rather good at water sports despite being landlocked (it has got two large rivers). Known for the 1956 uprising against the Soviets, which was brutally crushed. Its language is from a completely different linguistic group to most of the rest of Europe except, bizarrely, Finnish and Estonian[[note]]This is explained (mostly) by their nomadic roots[[/note]].

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* UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} -- Joined in 2004. Famous for goulash [[note]]actually, it's called gulyás, and you've probably only had TheThemeParkVersion[[/note]] and other things with paprika, as well as many notable academics. Rather good at water sports despite being landlocked (it has got two large rivers). Known for the 1956 uprising against the Soviets, which was brutally crushed. Its language is from a completely different linguistic group to most of the rest of Europe except, bizarrely, Finnish and Estonian[[note]]This is explained (mostly) by their nomadic roots[[/note]].



The EU today is essentially a free trade and movement area (with a lot of common standards, including electricity at 230 V plus or minus 10%, although this isn’t really a variation from previous standards used and old toasters still work), but also covers a considerable number of other areas, such as social policy, the environment and increasingly foreign affairs. The mantra is “free movement of people, goods, capital and services”. You can emigrate and work freely within the Union (as well as vote in local and European elections wherever you live) – between certain countries, you don't even need a national ID. This group of countries are the “Schengen Countries” you might see referred to in airports – although it's worth noting that this is not specifically an EU thing, and some countries, notably Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, are in the Schengen area but not the EU; and vice—versa, Britain and Ireland are not.[[note]]Ireland wants to be in it, but to do so would mean that the British would either have to join - [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10060032/Schengen-visa-campaign-waste-of-time.html#disqus_thread which they’ll never do]] – or create a physical border – which neither nation wants to do.[[/note]]

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The EU today is essentially a free trade and movement area (with a lot of common standards, including electricity at 230 V plus or minus 10%, although this isn’t isn't really a variation from previous standards used and old toasters still work), but also covers a considerable number of other areas, such as social policy, the environment and increasingly foreign affairs. The mantra is “free "free movement of people, goods, capital and services”. services". You can emigrate and work freely within the Union (as well as vote in local and European elections wherever you live) -- between certain countries, you don't even need a national ID. This group of countries are the “Schengen Countries” "Schengen Countries" you might see referred to in airports -- although it's worth noting that this is not specifically an EU thing, and some countries, notably Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, are in the Schengen area but not the EU; and vice—versa, vice-versa, Britain and Ireland are not.[[note]]Ireland wants to be in it, but to do so would mean that the British would either have to join - [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10060032/Schengen-visa-campaign-waste-of-time.html#disqus_thread which they’ll they'll never do]] -- or create a physical border -- which neither nation wants to do.[[/note]]



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* UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories: for a long time, while the EU only had twelve members, paranoid Americans of a fundamentalist religious bent considered this to be the Satanic conspiracy represented in the Book of Revelation by the twelve-headed monster emerging from the sea, which would be the Anti-Christ's most loyal supporter. The emergence of the EU was thus a God-given sign, for those with eyes to see, of the Armageddon and the End of Days. This theological nuance has gone out of fashion somewhat after the EU gradually expanded to twenty-eight members.
** Others claim that it will be the last and final kingdom to rise and fall before the Kingdom of God in the End Times Prophecy - the EU is apparently a resurrected Roman Empire. Whilst some Eurofederalists have suggested incorporating Turkey and the North African nations into the EU (which would, like the Roman Empire make the entire Mediterranean enclosed by the EU), and still others have suggested moving the capital from Brussels to Rome, these are generally fringe or far-future positions.

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* UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories: for a long time, while the EU only had twelve members, paranoid Americans of a fundamentalist religious bent considered this to be the Satanic conspiracy represented in the Book of Revelation by the twelve-headed monster emerging from the sea, which would be the Anti-Christ's most loyal supporter. The emergence of the EU was thus a God-given sign, for those with eyes to see, of the Armageddon and the End of Days. This theological nuance has gone out of fashion somewhat after the EU gradually expanded to twenty-eight members.
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** Others claim that it will be the last and final kingdom to rise and fall before the Kingdom of God in the End Times Prophecy - the EU is apparently a resurrected Roman Empire. Whilst some Eurofederalists have suggested incorporating Turkey and the North African nations into the EU (which would, like the Roman Empire make the entire Mediterranean enclosed by the EU), and still others have suggested moving the capital from Brussels to Rome, these are generally fringe or far-future positions.


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