How does the EU work?

On Thursday, Europe goes to the polls for the European Parliament elections, with populist nationalists (like Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party) expected to make big gains. Here’s a simple animated guide to how the EU works, and why these elections could decide the future of a divided continent.

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  1. Write down three ways that the European Union directly affects your life.
  2. Time for a mock European Parliament election! Choose one UK party that is standing in these elections. Research their main policies, give a two-minute speech — using persuasive techniques — to win your class’s support. Compare your class results to the real-life polls.