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Title: SS6CG5b European Union

SS6CG5b European Union
  • 1. Why did many Western European nations decide
    to switch to a single currency?
  • A single currency would make it easier to trade
    with each other.

  • 2. Why do you think each country wants to mint
    its own coins?
  • Each country will still be able to retain its own

  • 3. Today in Western Europe how do citizens take
    part in the government?
  • Citizens are able to vote and also citizens can
    be members of political parties.

  • 4. What was the original goal of the European
  • The original goal was to encourage trade.

  • 5. Why did many former Communist countries join
    the European Union?
  • Many former Communist countries want to gain
    economic and political advantages.

  • 6. What must Eastern European countries do before
    they can join the EU?
  • Many of the countries first make legal, economic
    and environmental improvements.

  • 7. Look at the photograph on page 368.
  • A. List the countries on the Euro plaque.
  • B. Which countries in the EU have not adopted the
    euro as currency?
  • A. Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany,
    Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands,
    Portugal, and Spain
  • Denmark, Greece, Sweden, United Kingdom

  • 8. Why did many European countries adopt the euro?
  • A single currency makes international trade much

  • 9. What have members of the EU done to improve
    trade? List three things.
  • Members of the EU have done away with tariffs,
    lifted border controls and made development loans.

  • 10. What is a tariff? What effect does it have on
    the cost of goods?
  • A tariff is a duty or fee (tax) that must be paid
    on imported or exported goods. Tariffs make goods
    more expensive.

  • 11. What steps did the EU take to improve the
    environment in Romania? List 3
  • Built a new waste treatment system
  • recycling centers
  • cleanup up old dumping ground.

  • 12. How might environmental problems affect a
    nations economy, as well as that of its neighbors?
  • The environmental problems may be too costly to
    repair, also some of the problems such as air
    pollution can affect other countries.

  • 13. How is the EU improving lives of people? List
  • Helps to raise the standard of living
  • Provides job training
  • Allows people to work in any member country
  • Allows people to vote in local elections wherever
    they live
  • Protects peoples rights through a Court of

  • 14. Why would it be helpful for all members of
    the EU to have similar legal systems?
  • Having a similar legal system makes laws fair and
    easy to understand and follow.

  • 15. What are some examples of cultural diversity
    among EU nations? List 3
  • People speaking different languages
  • unique foods
  • Certain ways of doing business
  • Special games and celebrations

  • 16. What conveniences do most major European
    cities offer?
  • Excellent public transportation
  • sidewalk cafes

  • 17. What are the main problems facing the
    European Union?
  • Conflicting cultural traditions
  • National pride
  • Economic inequality among members

Describe the benefits of being a member of the
European Union.
  • Trade among countries without tariffs, improving
    the standard of living, improving \/correcting
    environmental issues.

Explain why it is important for Eastern European
countries to improve their economies before they
can join the European Union.
  • Countries with poor economies are not self
    sufficient and can hurt or bring down the economy
    of the other countries.

Why do you think some European countries that are
members of the EU have not adopted the euro as
their form of currency?
  • Many countries want to retain their own identity,
    some fear that having one currency will lead to a
    European super state, some fear that it is too
    expensive and others fear that if the euro is a
    failure that may hurt them financially.