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Everything You Wanted to Know About the European Union But Didn't Know W
Discover the truth about the EU..."There are 70 words in the Lord's Prayer. There are 271 words in the Gettysburg Address. There are 313 words in the ten commandments. And European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1284/2002 laying down the marketing size for hazelnuts in shell runs to. 2,509 words". At times the European Union can feel a tough nut to crack. It is ever present in 21st century political debates and casual conversation alike, but how much do we really know about it? It is variously regarded as a bureaucratic and undemocratic monolith, or as an amazing economic and political union that is creating an enlarged free market and improving Europe's diversity, but what is the reality? The answers lie here, in a Nutshell. Lee Rotherham has painstakingly researched and compiled thousands of fascinating facts, strange statements and outright oddities relating to the EU; how it works, how it is perceived and how to assess its worth. His findings are collected here, carefully arranged and presented in highly readable format. Crack open the nut to discover: the ten guiding principles of the European Project; the amount set aside to improve Romania's transport network; the value of food imported into the EU; and, how much is saved each day EU staff go on strike Laugh out loud, and perhaps even shed a little tear of despair, as you do so. "The EU In A Nutshell" contains a rich bounty of information and is fun read for anyone wishing to find out more about the EU and its workings and be entertained along the way. So if you are simply trying to figure out how the whole EU thing fits together (and why) or if you're a political junky in need of a quick fix on some EU trivia, this book is for you. So grab the nutcrackers and let's get started...