Journalism / Subject guides

European Union

The organisation, politics and finances of the European Union have generated some of the most important stories of the past 50 years. As this section of the College of Journalism website explains, understanding the EU’s structures and powers, as well as the relationships between its institutions and member states, is crucial.

Brief history of the EU: Allan Little

Allan Little presents a brief video guide to the history of the European Union since its inception following the end of World War II

Reporting UK and European politics

How should BBC journalists reflect the wide range of views on Europe? Watch this video briefing from the BBC’s chief political adviser Ric Bailey

EU institutions

The EU is a unique political and economic partnership. Everything it does is based on the rule of law and implemented through a series of treaties

EU money

The euro is the common currency in 17 EU member states and is used by about 330 million citizens. The UK and Denmark have opt-outs

How the EU works

The EU is a unique political and economic partnership. Everything it does is based on the rule of law and implemented through a series of treatieshttp://europa.eu/about-eu/institutions-bodies/council-eu/index_en.htm

EU presidents

There’s a string of presidents in the European Union, but there seems to be quite a muddle over what each one does

EU: Balanced and informed debate?

BBC head of political research David Cowling on what opinion polls suggest UK voters really think of the EU and how BBC coverage should reflect this

Reporting Europe: Gavin Hewitt

It involves millions of people and billions of debt. It’s also dry and complex. Gavin Hewitt explains how to make the Eurozone crisis engaging and relevant

How EU is financed and what UK receives

Even with its rebate, the UK receives far less funding from the European Union than it contributes