1. What do we know about EU?
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* Common cultural values, history and a similar outlook on economic and security policy.
The EU Powerhouse Share of Population The term “Big Six” refers to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and the UK.
These countries are considered as major European powers. The EU Coalition Explorer offers tailored results for the Big Six for every survey question. After Brexit, the group will eventually turn into the Big Five. Even without the UK, it will continue to be the EU powerhouse.
The EU Pioneers Share of Population The term “Founding Six” refers to Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. As signatories to the 1957 Rome Treaty they created what has become the European Union. With the Franco-German partnership at its centre the Founding Six is the oldest group within the EU. It continues to have signifi- cant leverage and makes up about half the EU’s population, GDP, and defence spending.
Strength in Numbers Share of Population The term “Affluent Seven“ refers to the group of seven countries consisting of Austria, the three Nordic EU members of Denmark, Finland, and Sweden, and the Benelux countries. This group has special economic clout among the EU28. Each one of the seven maintains an employment ratio of at least 10 to 1. In addition, the group’s disposable income per capita is significantly above the averages of both the EU and the Big Six
Mediterranean Shores Share of Population The term “Southern Seven“ refers to the group of seven countries consisting of Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain. Despite being disparate in size, the countries in this group share socio-economic similarities. In recent years political initiatives have attempted to institutionalize this group. The Southern Seven have been particularly affected by the Eurozone debt crisis and increasing migration to Europe
The New East Share of Population The term “Visegrád Four” refers to the group of countries consisting of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. All four joined the European Union together in 2004. More frequently than other groups the Visegrád Four act as a political coalition within the European Union. Their cooperation is based on common cultural values, history and a similar outlook on economic and security policy
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