Geography and History of the World © 2010 Indiana Edition

Chapter 13: The Region Today: Europe

Student Web Activities

"European Union"

In this chapter you have learned that the countries of Europe formed the European Union to eliminate trade barriers and to have a unified voice in world affairs. The new, unified Europe is not yet complete, however-new members continue to be added, and the member countries continue to consolidate their economies.

In this activity you will learn more about how the European Union works. You will also examine some of its most important issues.

Research credible websites and complete the questions and activity that follows:

Where to begin

Take notes as well as record the websites you visit and answer the following questions:

What treaty established the European Union?
How many countries make-up the European Union? What are the requirements for membership?
Identify the "three pillars" of the European Union.
What is the euro? Describe the symbols on the euro notes and coins?
Describe the scope and balance of EU-US economic relations.

Compare and Contrast
There has been some discussion over the creation of a United North America. After researching this idea, compose an essay on the topic. What might be similarities and differences of a United North America and the European Union? What obstacles would have to be overcome to form such an organization?

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