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European Union

  • By: Stefan Immerfall & Barbara Wasner
  • In: Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
  • Edited by: Dale Southerton
  • Subject:Sociology of Consumption, Consumer Psychology, Consumer Culture

The European Union has become the foremost transnational organization in terms of binding rights and shared obligations. Starting with the European Community of Coal and Steel in 1952 as a means of preventing France and Germany from ever going to a war with each other again, and the Roman Treaty of 1958 with six founding states, it eventually expanded to include twenty-seven member states. And its expansion is not over. A remarkable set of rights has been consigned to the community along this development. The European Union is much more than a coordinator of the actions of its member states; it is an actor in its own right. Its powers are greatest in the economic sphere as it can enforce the working of the Single ...

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