Europe Map

Europe map

Europe Map

If this is a Europe map, what is the EU?

The European Union – also known as the EU – is an economic and political partnership involving 27 European countries.

It began after World War Two to foster economic co-operation, with the idea that countries which trade together are more likely to avoid going to war with each other.

It has since grown to become a “single market” allowing goods and people to move around, basically as if the member states were one country.
It has its own currency, the euro, which is used by 19 of the member countries, its own parliament and it now sets rules in a wide range of areas – including on the environment, transport, consumer rights and even things such as mobile phone charges.

The 19 countries using the euro are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

The Eurozone: 19 countries in Europe use the euro (€) as currency

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

10 countries in the European Union do not use the euro:

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Sweden.

Schengen Map (passport-free travel), Eurozone Europe map

Schengen Europe Map

Schengen Europe Map created by IgnisFatuus, Blue-Haired Lawyer, Danlaycock and Bugbog.

EU member states participating

EU member states not participating but obliged to join

EU member states with an opt-out

non-EU member states participating

non-EU member states de facto participating (e.g.Monaco)

non-EU member states with an open border (e.g. San Marino and Vatican City inside Italy)

Europe map: Brexit summary from the BBC

Why has Britain left the European Union?

A referendum – a vote in which everyone of voting age can take part – was held on Thursday 23 June 2016, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 52% to 48%. The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting but the vote was immensely divisive as a] millions of British people living in the EU were not permitted to vote b] many claims made by the ‘Leave EU’ leaders were fake news and  social media support was massive, probably triggered by foreign ‘bots’.

What has happened since the referendum?

The pro-Brexit Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is an unrepentant philanderer and compulsive liar while the guy who started the whole catastrophe is David Cameron. 

Don’t ask about the endless Brexit ups and downs, the whole story is a sickening waste of time and money and could well lead to the break-up of ‘Great’ Britain and the ruination of a geographically small but globally useful country that once had a part to play in stabilising the world,  encouraging environment care, caring for needy people and so on…

Regional maps of  West Europe countries