How do Europeans govern themselves?
What role do individual countries play?
Why does the EU matter in government?

In this lesson, we will explore these issues. We will learn about the different rights that governments in Europe give to their peoples. We will also discuss how the European Parliament and individual member state governments interact. Go to the activities to begin your adventures with the EU and government!

Activity 1 Citizenship Rights
Activity 2 Levels of Government
Activity 3 The Institutions of the European Union

Extension: The Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Activity 4 The European Parliament – How does it work?

Extension: The European Parliament FAQ

Activity 5 How European Parliament Elections Work

Extension: European Elections FAQ

Activity 6 Legislative and Decision-Making Process

Extension: Learn about the struggle to ratify the EU Constitution!

Activity 7 A Web Quiz!

News Links

“Spain voters approve EU charter”: from BBC News
“Europe’s Cross Border Politics”: from BBC News
“Schröder and Blair to patch up rift over EU ‘betrayal'”: from Times (London)
“So much for stability”: from The Economist