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Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Netherlands originally formed the European Union. In 1973, Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom joined. By 1995, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Portugal, Spain and Greece had... More »

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Disadvantages of the European Union include inefficient policies, high membership cost and single currency problems. Others are pressure to pursue austerity, net migration and complex bureaucracy. More »

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Italy is a country in Southern Europe and a major European power. In 1957, Italy was one of the founding members of the European Economic Community, which became the European Union in 1993. It has been a member of the Eu... More »

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Between 1939 and 1941, Germany invaded and occupied Poland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, Austria and Italy. Italy began as an ally of Germany; however, after Italy surren... More »

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