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the capital city of Belgium, where the European Commission (the main governing body of the European Union) is located. Because of this, people often use the word ’Brussels’ for referring to the government of the European Union.

the CAP

the Common Agricultural Policy: a set of laws about farming and food production made by the European Union

the Common Market

old-fashioned a term used in the 1960s and 1970s to refer to what is now the European Union

the EC


European Community: the old name for the EU or European Union

the EEA


European Economic Area: an economic group formed in 1994 consisting of the member states of the European Union and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway

the EEC

the European Economic Community: the old name of the European Union


the European Free Trade Association: an organization of European countries that have a special trade relationship with the European Union but are not members of it


Economic Monetary Union: the process by which the countries of the European Union agree to control their exchange rates and, in some cases, use the same system of money called the euro

the ERM


exchange rate mechanism: a system for controlling the exchange rate between some of the countries that belong to the EU

the EU


the European Union



relating to the European Union: sometimes added to nouns to make new words



showing the belief that Europe is the most important part of the world, or that the rest of the world is the same as Europe



mainly journalism a politician or official in the European Union. This word is often used as a criticism to describe officials who have too much influence on the lives and work of people in EU countries.

the Euromarket


the European Union considered as a single market



the European Union



relating to the European Union

the European Commission


a group of senior politicians chosen by the governments of the European Union who are responsible for making laws and decisions within the European Union. The European Commission is often simply called the Commission.

the European Communities Act

a law passed in 1972 that allowed the UK to become a member of the then EEC (now the European Union)

the European Parliament

the parliament of all the countries that belong to the European Union

the European Union

an organization of European countries whose aim is to improve trade among its members and encourage closer political connections. The European Union is often called the EU.

European Union law


the laws and treaties that regulate the member states of the European Union. Informally it is also called EU law, community law or European law.



mainly journalism someone, especially a politician, who thinks that their country should not be part of the European Union



the group of European Union states that use the euro as their official currency

the Eurozone


the area of Europe that consists of countries that are members of the European Union and use the euro as a unit of money



Member of the European Parliament: a politician who represents one of the regions of a country in the European Union

the Schengen Agreement

an agreement between European countries to get rid of all controls at their borders, and so allow people and goods complete freedom to move between their countries. The agreement involves all members of the European Union except the UK, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Romania, and also Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

single market


free trading between a group of countries, for example within the European Union

the Treaty of Rome

the political agreement that started the European Economic Community, now the European Union, signed in 1958



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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