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Here you can find short explanations of most EU words and easy links to more info

EUobserver was founded in 2000 to support the debate on - and development of European affairs. EUobserver is constituted as a non-profit organisation under Belgian law raising revenue on a commercial basis through a variety of income streams including advertising and book sales. is a network of freelance journalists writing on European, and especially European Union, affairs. Network members work independently for a range of media, and serves as a platform for their work.

The EurActiv network produces content in Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey.The co-branded partner publications use translated content alongside their original local coverage. Based on independency and close mutual co-operation, the Network delivers localised EU policy information in 9 languages, reaching readers across Europe. is a news, policy and information service working at the heart of the EU. The service is the online presence of The Parliament Magazine, published since 1997. The online service launch in 2003 began as EUpolitix with the change over to taking place in 2006., its news and bulletins briefing service, opens a window into the workings of the European parliament – and other EU institutions. is a forum for key policy debates as they unfold bringing together MEPs, European commission, member states and stakeholders at the heart of EU decision-making.

The EUbusiness web site is Europe's leading independent online business information service about the European Union. Founded in Luxembourg in 1997 by Managing Director Nick Prag, with the help of former Europe Online colleague and editor Wendy Jones, the site is managed and owned by EUbusiness Ltd in the United Kingdom. Our journalists provide daily-updated news and information about EU policy, legislation, economic data and opportunities to a fast-growing membership of over 65,000 business professionals, of which more than 25,000 receive the weekly email newsletter EUbusiness Week.

European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on the issues of importance to European citizens and stakeholders.

The Economist Intelligence Unit is the world's foremost provider of country, industry and management analysis. Founded in 1946 when a director of intelligence was appointed to serve The Economist, the Economist Intelligence Unit is now a leading research and advisory firm with more than 40 offices worldwide. For over 60 years, the Economist Intelligence Unit has delivered vital business intelligence to influential decision-makers around the world.

The goal of EU4Journalists is to make the life of journalists covering the European Union a little easier – whether they are based in Brussels or elsewhere- by giving to its visitors background details and essential information about the way the EU works: its main actors, institutions and policies. EU4Journalists works especially well as a starting point for journalists covering unfamiliar subjects in a hurry.

It is the website of European Voice, the only weekly newspaper with an independent view of the EU. European Voice's mission is to promote informed debate, openness and progress in the EU and the newspaper has become essential reading for the EU regulatory and political affairs communities – Europe's most important decision-makers. Published by The Economist Group since 1995, European Voice is a high-quality read and staunchly independent in its reporting and opinions. It is not - and never will be tied in any way to a member state, party or point of view.

It is the premier online source for the analysis of world business and current affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as overviews of cultural trends and regular industry, business and country special reports. publishes all articles from The Economist print edition (including those printed only in British copies) plus a searchable archive of all The Economist’s articles back to June 1997. Links to other articles and to relevant sources on the web are included with many of the stories.

The Guardian newspaper, of which is its online presence, was founded in 1821 and has a long history of editorial and political independence. This is a site with an special report to the EU.

  • EU Tube - Sharing the Sight and Sounds of Europe in English, French and German

Leading Press Agencies in the EU

  • Agence Europe
    Agence Europe is an international press agency. For more than 50 years, Agence Europe has been considered throughout the world as the source of information on European economic and political integration.
  • Agence France Presse
    AFP traces its history back to the 1835 creation of Agence Havas, the world's first international news agency. AFP delivers the news immediately, non-stop, worlwide, by satellite and Internet feed.
  • Deutsche Fernsehnachrichten Agentur (DFA)
  • Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA)
    DPA German Press Agency Ltd. is the independent, flexible and efficient service for the collection, processing, handling, dissemination and use of multimedia content. The news agency supplied as a market leader in quality and daily updated media from home and abroad.
  • Interfax Deutschland GmbH
    Interfax Information Services Group provides news and other information products that are essential for decision-makers in politics and business.
    Interfax has thousands of clients throughout the world, including leading Russian and foreign media groups, state and government organizations, major banks, corporations, investment companies and funds.
  • Interfax Information Services Group
    Provides news and other information products that are essential for decision-makers in politics and business. Since early 1990s, Interfax has been the main provider of up-to-date news from Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union.
  • Reuters
    Reuters Group Limited is a UK-based, Canadian-controlled news service and former financial market data provider that provides reports from around the world to newspapers and broadcasters.
  • The Press Association
    The Press Association is the UK's leading multimedia news and information provider and supplier of business-to-business media services. As home to the national news agency of the UK and Ireland, the Press Association proudly takes its place at the heart of the media industry providing a continuous feed of text, pictures, video and data into newsrooms around the country.
  • EFE
    The leading Spanish language news agency and the fourth largest news agency in the world, with more than sixty years of experience guarantees its impartiality, its power, its credibility and its immediacy. A multimedia news company with a network of journalists worldwide, more than 3,000 professionals of 60 nationalities working 24 hours a day in over 181 cities in 120 countries, and four publishing houses in Madrid, Miami, El Cairo and Rio de Janeiro, offering products to customers across the five continents.
    ANSAmed is the new international news agency in the Mediterranean. The news ANSAmed consists of a flow of about 200 news and information services a day, in English, Italian and Arabic.
  • Belga
    Belga covers all national and international news, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. News content is supplied in text, pictures, audio and video formats. Belga covers all aspects of life and current affairs: politics and economics, finance and social affairs, sports, culture and personalities.
  • ANP (Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau or Netherlands national news agency)
    The Netherlands “most” important news supplier providing news coverage from Dutch daily newspapers, radio, television and the internet.

Publications and Databases Specializing on EU Contents

  • Europa Publications Office
    The EU Bookshop website ( is your single access point to publications from the European Union institutions, agencies and other bodies, published by the Publications Office.
  • European Navigator (ENA)
    The authoritative multimedia reference on the history of Europe
  • Eurobarometer
    Website for the Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission
  • Eurostat
    Your guide to European statistics
  • EUabc: an internet dictionary
    The EUABC is an Internet dictionary providing concise explanations of terms used in the EU debate, and a lot of useful links.
  • EUR-LEX Access to European Union Law
    EUR-Lex provides direct free access to European Union law. Here you can consult the Official Journal of the European Union as well as the treaties, legislation, case-law and legislative proposals.
  • European Commission Library Catalogue (ECLAS)
    The Commission's central library was established in 1958 when the EU institutions were founded. Its collections provide both a historical and contemporary vision of European integration.
  • The Court of Justice of the European Union (CVRIA)
    The Library has a large collection of mono-lingual and multi-lingual dictionaries and a large number of official journals, parliamentary acts and other official periodicals. The collection currently comprises more than 150 000 books and the Library subscribes to approximately 900 periodicals -
  • Eurojargon
    A “plain language guide” for people within the EU institutions and in the media dealing with EU affairs and trying to understand confusing EU words and expressions.