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International Politics on the World Stage, Brief 4/e
World Politics: International Politics on the World Stage, Brief, 4/e
John T. Rourke, University of Connecticut - Storrs
Mark A. Boyer, University of Connecticut - Storrs

International Organization: The Alternative Structure

Membership and Organizational Structure of the European Union

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The world's most advanced regional organization is the European Union. It has expanded from the 8 original countries that created the European Community in 1967 to 15 countries today. Thirteen others await admission. The EU's focus is primarily economic, but it is also involved in a variety of political, social, and environmental issues and reflects a greater lever of integration than can be found in any other region.