Thursday, June 23, 2016

European Union Maps and Historical Reference

Maps in the News: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

British voters are deciding today whether to leave or remain in the European Union (EU).  Polls are showing that the voters are fairly evenly split on this “Brexit” (British + exit) vote.  The EU is a political and economic union of 28 member states using standardized trade, immigration, and monetary laws.

The European Union was officially established in 1993.  However, Europe has a long history of unions and large empires.  The Washington Post has created this cartographic analysis of the history of the control of Europe, including a map of the current members of the European Union (above, click to enlarge).

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