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Major European Union Nations

Today's young people need a global perspective in order to understand the world around them. This series will provide students with vivid insights into the European Union's growing political & economic force on the international stage, as well as into the growing challenges facing its member nations in the 21st century. The economy, the environment, and immigration are just a few of the issues discussed.

15 volumes
2012
10 and up
8 x 8 inches
Series Consultant: Ambassador John Bruton served as Irish Prime Minister from 1994 until 1997. As prime minister, he helped turn Ireland's economy into one of the fastest-growing in the world. He was also involved in the Northern Ireland Peace Process, which led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. During his tenure as Ireland's prime minister, he also presided over the European Union presidency in 1996 and helped finalize the Stability and Growth Pact, which governs management of the euro. Before being named the European Commission Head of Delegation in the United States, he was a member of the convention that drafted the European Constitution, signed October 29, 2004. The European Commission Delegation to the United States represents the interests of the European Union as a whole, much as ambassadors represent their countries' interests to the U.S. government. Matters coming under European Commission authority are negotiated between the commission and the U.S. administration.
"This series is beautifully formatted and illustrated. Each book begins with a map showing European Union member states as well as EFTA member states." "The emphasis of this series on EU member states' similarities and shared interests may surprise American readers used to thinking of these countries as different, separate nations."
Library Media Connection
"Indovino's introduction of the EU and its benefits to citizens clarifies for young readers the governmental and economic improvements to a major land mass."
VOYA
"In addition to history, the book details government, economy, culture, and prospects for the future. There is a glossary and an index and a nice chronology in the back of the book as well as a brief bibliography and a list of photo credits." "Like the other volumes in the "Major European Union Nations" series, there is a lot of information in this small book and with it, readers will be able to start their research into the country."
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Austria
by Jeanine Sanna/Shaina C. Indovino

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Austria is a German-speaking country with a long history and rich cultural traditions, from kings and queens to musical composers. It has been a member of the EU since 1995. In today's world, Austria welcomes immigrants and struggles to deal with the financial troubles sweeping through Europe. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Belgium
by Ida Walker/Shaina C. Indovino

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Although Belgium is a small country, it is a big player in Europe. It was a founding member of the EU back in 1952. Today, Brussels, its capital city, is one of the EU's centers. Despite being divided between French and Dutch speakers, Belgium is a strong country with a lot going on culturally and politically. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Czech Republic
by Heather Docalavich/Shaina C. Indovino

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The Czech Republic is one of the newest countries in the world. It's also new to the EU--it joined in 2004. People have lived in what we now call the Czech Republic for thousands of years, however. This land has a long history and is moving forward while dealing with challenges like the recent global recession. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Denmark
by Heather Docalavich/Shaina C. Indovino

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Denmark is a peaceful northern country that joined the EU in 1973. From the Vikings to the modern day, Denmark has a long history. Today, Denmark is a very environmentally conscious nation with a lot going on. It also must figure out how to deal with issues of immigration and the global recession as it looks to the future. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

France
by Jeanine Sanna/Shaina C. Indovino

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As one of the most powerful countries in Europe, France is a key player in the EU. In fact, it was one of the EU's founding members. France has a long history filled with kings, inventors, and revolutions. Today, citizens are asking what it means to be French, as more and more immigrants move to France. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Germany
by Ida Walker/Shaina C. Indovino

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Ever since Germany formed in 1871, it has been a major world player. It was even a founding member of the EU in 1952. Although Germany's 20th-century history was often dark, it is now one of the most prosperous and stable countries in the world. It has struggled during the global recession, but it has also been a leader in facing the EU's economic difficulties. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Greece
by Kim Etingoff/Shaina C. Indovino

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Greece's economy has struggled a lot in recent years, but it has a long, rich history to draw on to help solve its problems. Greece is known as the birthplace of democracy and the Olympics, among many other things. It has been a member of the EU since 1981. Today, the EU and Greece are working together to help solve this country's serious economic problems. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Ireland
by Ida Walker/Shaina C. Indovino

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Not long ago, Ireland was a country dealing with poverty and violence. Today, it has turned around and is now a peaceful nation. Ireland became a member of the EU in 1973. Its history also includes the Catholic Church, the potato famine, and long struggles for freedom. While Ireland's economy is currently doing poorly because of the global recession, it is working hard to recover. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Italy
by Ademola O. Sadek/Shaina C. Indovino

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Italy is a tourist destination for thousands of people every year. It was also a founding member of the EU in 1952. Italy has a long history, from the Romans to the Renaissance. Today it faces modern-day issues such as immigration, women's rights, and the economic recession. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Poland
by Heather Docalavich/Shaina C. Indovino

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Poland is an Eastern European country that is stepping up on the world stage. It joined the EU in 2004 as part of that journey. For a long time, Poland has been home to scientific thinkers, artists, and musicians. Today, it is one of the countries that have weathered the global recession the best, proving this nation's strength. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Portugal
by Kim Etingoff/Shaina C. Indovino

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Long ago, Portugal was one of the world's most powerful countries, as it explored and conquered places far from home. Today, it is a nation that has had some economic and social struggles, but also some triumphs. It joined the EU in 1986, and continues to build on its long history. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Spain
by Rae Simons/Shaina C. Indovino

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Spain has it all: beaches, modern cities, soaring architecture, mountains, and more. It has been a member of the EU since 1986. From the ancient Celts to the Moors to the Christian kings and queens, many people have influenced Spain. It has recently taken a step back in the current financial crisis, but this proud nation is slowly getting back on its feet. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

Sweden
by Heather Docalavich/Shaina C. Indovino

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A member of the EU since 1995, Sweden is one of the most stable and peaceful countries in the world. It takes caring for its people and the environment very seriously. Recently, it bounced back strongly from the global recession, and it is working hard to rebuild its economy. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

The Netherlands
by Heather Docalavich/Shaina C. Indovino

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The Netherlands is one of the most progressive countries in the EU. It was a founding member in 1952 and has supported a more unified Europe for a long time. The Netherlands has figured out innovative ways to battle climate change and deal with the global recession. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!

United Kingdom
by Rae Simons/Shaina C. Indovino

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A member of the EU since 1973, the United Kingdom is made up mostly of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The UK has long been one of the most powerful countries in the world. Today, the UK struggles with issues like immigration and the global financial crisis, but it continues to have a lot of influence around the globe. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!




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