European Union

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The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of countries in Europe.[1]

EU member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

English is one of 24 official languages of the EU, and along with French and German a "procedural language" in which legislation is first written.[2] English is commonly used in the EU as a lingua franca. English is the majority language in the Republic of Ireland, and it is an official language of Malta.

EU freedom of movement means that EU citizens can work in other EU countries without having to obtain a work visa. EU anti-discrimination laws also make it illegal to discriminate against EU citizens on the basis of their nationality or their native language.

The United Kingdom was a member of the EU until 2020; it left as a result of the Brexit crisis.

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