Basic course 1



 European Union

European Union Main Subject Group

One of the main aims of D@dalos is to make a contribution toward a "European whole". What does this mean? Well, for one, this means that we support the efforts being made to unite the entire European subcontinent. We regard the current situation as an historical opportunity, born out of the huge changes that have been taking place since 1989. But this also means that our aim is also to achieve a European Europe that is able to preserve and develop its European identity.

While this identity is reflected in its cultural diversity, it is also reflected in its culture, which is inseparable with democracy and Human Rights as central European values. We have dedicated an individual Main Subject Group to each of these subjects on our education server.

This Main Subject Group on the European Union deals with the European institution that has made achieving "ever closer union of Europe's peoples" its objective. To this end, the following questions will be addressed:



We would like to welcome you to this almost completely revised version of the "European Union" Main Subject Group. It was finished in December 2005 and therefore represents an up-to-date account of the European Union as it is today. But the purpose and main objective of this revised version was just about making it up-to-date. This new Main Subject Group has been designed to give you the skills needed to analyse and to assess the developments in the EU for yourself. And it is here that we have made significant improvements on the first version. This has been done by providing you with simple, easy-to-understand models, which, for example, you will find in Basic Course 3 and in our new Basic Course 5.

All that remains is to wish you lots of fun and success while working through this new Main Subject Group. We would also be delighted to hear your thoughts and comments. All feedback is welcome.

Yours Wolfgang Schumann

bulletHow has the European Union (EU) developed?
bulletHow does it work? Which factors influence its development?
bulletHow are the institutions structured? Who makes the decisions?
bulletWhat are the current challenges facing the EU? How do things currently stand as far as expansion of the European Union is concerned?

This comprehensive online information has been made available set against a situation in which knowledge of the EU lags far behind the EU's practical importance in almost all areas of European life. A fundamental understanding of this complex organisation is essential before people can form their own opinions and step back from the widespread prejudices and common criticisms.

... go to Basic Course 1: Introduction to the subject ...

We would like to thank the European Commission for kindly allowing us to use the "Audiovisual Library", from which a number of the pictures on this web originate:

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This online service on the subject of political education was developed by agora-wissen, the Stuttgart-based Gesellschaft für Wissensvermittlung über neue Medien und politische Bildung (GbR) (Partnership for the Exchange of Information Using New Media and Political Education). Please contact us with your questions or comments. Translation from German into English by twigg's englisch-Übersetzung