Feel like the European Union is hard to grasp? Try taking a fresh (and slightly humorous) look at it with this special collection of articles.
What do Kazakhstan, Israel and the north-eastern corner of South America have in common? Some people count them as European. So why do other countries fail to make the grade? (31.08.2008)
The EU is not the first thing to come to mind when you think of something hilarious -- unless ridiculous policy decisions make you giggle. But as Europeans, laughing at fellow members could suggest a real togetherness. (30.08.2008)
What do you get if you take a potato, cover it with Turkish delight, douse it in passion-fruit juice and serve with a wedge of soft goat cheese? A sample of the EU's food designation system. (23.08.2008)
The problem with EU jargon is that you need both a political dictionary and a map to understand it. Here is a brief list of the EU's more obscure place-names and a explanation of the processes they refer to. (17.08.2008)
From Austria to Ukraine, more than a few countries have proudly anointed themselves the provider of lifeblood for the European continent. Will the real Heart of Europe please stand up? (09.08.2008)
The European Union during the week imposed a 4.3 billion euro fine on Google — that's about 5 billion dollars — for breaching the bloc's competition rules with its Android operating system. Keith Walker spoke with Ryan Heath, political editor at Politico Europe, and started by asking him what is behind this decision?
Germany has seen a sharp rise in the number of children outside of the country who receive monthly benefit payments. Hundreds of thousands of the recipients are children from and living in other EU countries.
Despite hundreds being injured the night before, tens of thousands of people have again protested in Bucharest. Romania remains one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the EU.
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