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  Future plans for Europe unveiled
Updated 28 May 2003, 09.07
European Union flags
New plans for how the European Union will be governed in the future have just been unveiled.

The European Union (EU) is a group of 15 countries, including the UK, France, Germany and Spain.

Ever since it was founded, the union has tried to work together more to ensure they have the same laws.

There's already a European Parliament that creates new laws for all the countries.

But now there are plans to have one European President, elected by leaders of all the countries and to have the same foreign policy.

Good idea or not?

That would mean all the 15 states would agree with each other on what needed to be done if a world issue, like the Iraq war, had to be dealt with.

The plans are the responsibility of former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing
Valery Giscard d'Estaing wrote the plans

Some people don't think that would work very well, because during the Iraq war, the UK and Spain argued with the German and French governments.

There are hugely different opinions among people in the UK and the rest of Europe about whether the plans are a good idea or not.

In particular there are concerns that it may lead to the countries not having as much say over the way they're run.

Other people think it's a great idea to ensure all the people of Europe have the same rights and opportunities.

Now the governments in all the countries have to decide whether they agree with the new plans.

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