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How the European Union works: become easily an EU expert

How do European politics work? Learn how the EU countries work and make EU laws together and how to follow EU news.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 3h 18m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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•Interested in EU politics?
•Want to understand how the European Union makes its decisions?
•Willing to have a deep understanding of all the people and organisations involved?
You’re at the right spot!
How the European Union works: become easily an EU expert
The European Union (or shorter: EU) has a big impact on the lives of people living both inside and outside the EU. Some professors say that over 70% of the laws of the EU countries are based on decisions of the EU.
However, very few citizens know or have the feeling they know what’s going on in ‘Brussels,’ the heart of the EU. Who is important and who’s not? How big is the budget? Why is there lobbying? Is it democratic? Can I make a difference?
These are questions that are so basic that it’s difficult to imagine there is no clear answer. 
A course for beginners
And that’s what you’ll learn in this course: to explain what’s really going on. It’s meant for persons who are interested in being able to follow and explain EU news. By explaining the EU step by step, with basic terms, you’ll learn who decides what and when.
Students studying international politics or EU studies may also be interested. The course gives a thorough introduction of how the EU makes decisions. At the end of each of the ten sections, there are relevant links to learn more.
All the EU actors
You’ll start by learning the EU language and the main political actors in the first 5 sections, how EU laws are voted in section 6 followed by a section on the budget. You’ll also learn why people dislike the EU, and the remaining actors, such as NGO’s, are covered in the last 2 sections.
You’ll also see a number of misconceptions and learn whether they are true or not. For example, how big the EU’s budget really is. Or why EU countries aren’t the only ones deciding what the European Union does.

Enrol today!
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to explain how the European Union makes its decisions, what impact Europe has on you in your everyday life, what impact you can have on the European Union, and how you can get most out of the EU. So let’s get on the road to become an EU expert!
You’ll also get a free ebook to guide you in the course.
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•Full, free lifetime access
•All future extra lectures and upgrades are always included for free
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Happy learning,

You will learn

✓ A complete guide on the European Union
✓ How EU politics happen
✓ Detailed explanations of all the EU players
✓ How EU laws are voted
✓ An inside look in Brussels
✓ Understand what EU Commission does
✓ Explain what EU countries do in the EU
✓ Answer the question ‘What is the European Union?’
✓ Follow EU news organisations and understand their language
✓ Find all the EU legislation’s history
✓ Know how the EU money is spent
✓ Explain why some are anti EU
✓ How an EU vote affects the EU
✓ Understand what the EU Parliament does
✓ The role of ngo’s
✓ How lobbying happens


• A pen and paper can help
• No previous knowledge is needed, but it can help

This course is for

• Persons that understand English and that want to learn how the European Union works
• Students wanting to understand European Union debates
• News readers who want more background on European Union news stories
Hi! I’m Alain.
Curiously, when I was a teenager, many language teachers told me I wasn’t so good at languages. My Dutch was poor. My English teacher even advised me to follow extra courses.
I discovered I loved languages when I went to Germany in 2010. I had some basic German skills but started to speak in German from day one. What I got in return was amazing: friendship, love, respect and a good level of German. Since then, I’m passionate about languages.
Now I’m proud to be able to express myself in French, Dutch, English, German, Maltese and Spanish. I also have some Portuguese notions. And I’m always busy learning new languages and taught some of my languages via tutoring.
I also have a life besides languages. I love economics, politics and all the processes that shape our society. I worked in communications a few years and hold 3 degrees: in Journalism, EU Studies and Management.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 3h 18m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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