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Members of the European Union

The European Union was expanded in 2007 to now include 27 members. Three other states have applied to be members of the European Union. These are Turkey, Croatia and FYR Macedonia. The current members of the EU with their total number of MEP's are: Belgium; 24 MEP's France; 78 MEP's Germany; 99 MEP's Italy; 78 MEP's Luxembourg; 6 MEP's Netherlands; 27 MEP's Denmark; 14 MEP's Ireland; 13 MEP's United Kingdom; 78 MEP's Greece; 24 MEP's Portugal; 24 MEP's Spain; 54 MEP's Austria; 18 MEP's Finland; 14 MEP's Sweden; 19 MEP's Cyprus; 6 MEP's Czech Republic; 24 MEP's Estonia; 6 MEP's Hungary; 24 MEP's Latvia; 9 MEP's Lithuania; 13 MEP's Malta; 5 MEP's Poland; 54 MEP's Slovak Republic; 14 MEP's Slovenia; 7 MEP's Bulgaria; 18 MEP's Romania; 35 MEP's Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Luxembourg joined in 1957 Denmark, Ireland and United Kingdom joined in 1973 Greece joined in 1981 Portugal and Spain joined in 1986 Austria, Sweden and Finland joined in 1995 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia joined in 2004 Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007 Related Posts Members of the European Parliament Members of the European Parliament (MEP's) have the power to approve, amend or reject nearly all European Union legislation.
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Medical changes from 1945

There were many medical changes during World War Two but these changes continued after the war. In Britain, the biggest change was the establishment of the National Health Service (NHS) that provided free medical care for all regardless of wealth. Prior to this those who could not afford something like a penicillin jab had to go without or make the necessary sacrifices to get the necessary money.
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Extraordinary Rendition

Extraordinary rendition is the kidnapping of an individual wanted for questioning and the transporting of that individual to a country that uses torture - be it physical, mental or emotional - to gain information. Extraordinary rendition was used by US agents after 9/11 and the 'War on Terror' declared by President G W Bush.
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The V Bomber Force

The V Bomber Force was the nickname given to Britain's three bombers during the Cold War that were capable of delivering nuclear bombs and formed part of Britain's nuclear deterrent. The V Bomber Force was made up of the Vickers Valiant, the Avro Vulcan and the Handley Page Victor. The development of three bombers during the Cold War by the British was done to give the government increased freedom from US foreign policy.
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French Referendum

On May 29th 2005, the French had a referendum on the European Constitution. For the constitution to come into force, all member states in the EU have to ratify it. In theory, the constitution in its current form will never come into force if just one member state rejects it. The first country to 'ask' its people was Spain and they voted in favour of the constitution.
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Party Systems

Party systems dominate politics in Britain. In “Party and Party Systems”, G. Sartori describes a party system as: “the system of interactions resulting from inter-party competition”. To develop this idea, within Britain the party system essentially means the way the political parties of the day interact with one another within the politically competitive nature of Westminster and beyond.
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