The purpose of this section is to give the student access to the task overview for Unit 2: European Union. These days Europe is divided into the European Union and the rest of the countries. An older division that is still sometimes used but has gradually become more irrelevant since the 1990s is that between Western and Eastern Europe. Western Europe used to refer to the capitalist countries in the continent, while the communist states used to be referred to as Eastern Europe but this distinction became irrelevant after the collapse of the USSR, the fall of communism in Europe and the reunification of Germany. "The European Union is not only a great idea, but it’s also an idea we must keep working on." - Sebastian Kurz
In the European Union the countries are: (1) Austria; (2) Belgium; (3) Bulgaria; (4) Croatia; (5) Cyprus; (6) The Czech Republic; (7) Denmark; (8) Estonia; (9) Finland; (10) France; (11) Germany; (12) Greece; (13) Hungary; (14) Ireland; (15) Italy; (16) Latvia; (17) Lithuania; (18) Luxembourg; (19) Malta; (20) Netherlands; (21) Poland; (22) Portugal; (23) Romania; (24) Solvakia; (25) Slovenia; (26) Spain; and (27) Sweden.