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The 28 member states of the European Union

Europinion NOW

What is the current situation of the European Union and how is its status compared to all involved member states? And above all, how important is the unified force of the European Union as an collaborative economic community?

Europinion NOW is an online tool that offers an interactive layer of data on several EU economic topics, presented visually on this website. In an animated overview, visitor can search through actual data of EU countries and make comparisons on different levels; between countries, expenditures and revenues.

But what do these billions really tell us? How do they relate to each other and on different aspects of everyday life? Critical questions and a new vision for the future of Europe are desperatly needed.

What's your Europinion? Share it NOW!

Collaboration
Instead of war


After the Second World War one thing was sure: No More War. The Coal and Steel industries among Western European countries began to unite, hence securing lasting peace in terms of economical and political stability. Although the 1950s are dominated by a cold war between east and west, the west is working on the reconstruction of its economical position by cross-border collaboration and pacts. As a result, the Treaty of Rome created the European Economic Community (EEC), or ‘Common Market’ in the year 1957.

Borderless growth
In times of prosperity


With the collapse of communism across central and eastern Europe, Europeans become closer neighbours. It is a good period for the economy, helped by the fact that EU countries stop charging custom duties when they trade with each other. They also agree joint control over food production, so that everybody now has enough to eat and kids mandatory go to primary school.

Coming togheter
In an economic union


The EU transfers huge sums to create jobs and infrastructure in poorer areas. The ‘Schengen’ treaty allows that people gradually can travel across borders without having their passports checked and millions of young people study in other countries with EU support. The Euro is the new official currency of the eurozone, which starts with 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union. Europe is economically and politically connected and offers a counterbalance towards the US and China.

Surviving
When development halts


Earthshaking events, such as the financial crisis of 2008 and the recent refugee crisis presents us with the fact that the current European system is flawed in times of disparity. Instead of standing togheter and helping each other, we start blaming the system and our fellow Europeans. The new decade starts with a severe economic crisis, but also with the hope that investments in new green and climate-friendly technologies and closer European cooperation will bring lasting growth and welfare.

Discussing
What the future should look like


As of today, the European Union - that started over 70 years ago - became a bureaucratic and preposterous monster. Now that economic times are less stable, the UK appears to step out of the EU and a large group of refugees has entered Europe, the bureaucratic system of the Brussels administration is falling to pieces. Intervention is needed to preserve stability of the Eurozone and thus united EU economy.

Untamable as the EU might seem, it's about time to make future choices. Based on facts and figures. It's time to prune this old and large tree and decide how it should grow the next 70 years.

What's your Europinion? Share it NOW!

United Europe

When picturing Europe as a growing tree, with each and everyone of us Europeans as its leafs and branches, we can ask ourselves what we should do with it. Maybe it's time to trim the tree, or just cut it down. Without intervention, Europe might continue to grow.

If Europe was a tree, I would cut it down completely.

Strongly Disagree
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Europe

Currently 28 member states form the European Union and 19 of them use the Euro as their official currency.

The borders of the EU are exactly where they should be.

Strongly Disagree
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Government expenses

Public spending ratio of the EU member states. What is the reason some states spend much more on certain subjects? Do other states profit of these choices?

EU member states should pay other states for investments that profit them. (i.e. refugee crisis, defense, etc.)

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Internal Markets

The EU supports businesses trading within the European borders. How is this data interconnected?

European companies should get rewarded by the EU when trading within the EU.

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Import

Export

Brussels expenses

How should Brussels invest European money? Without transparency, European taxes will always feel like a large moneydump into a invisible system.

Brussels should invest mostly in developing the weaker countries.

Strongly Disagree
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Government Budget Deficit

EU countries are working under huge debts, which is something that only grew during the financial crisis.

The EU should be more strict to make member states have healthy economies.

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Ur opinion counts!

In 1870 Victor Hugo planted a tree, with the wish of a united states of Europe when the tree would be fully grown. This tree is still alive.
Every European citizen is an important leaf or branch of the idea of a European tree, each one important for the total tree.

European decision making isn't democratic and should be changed to a more direct democracy.

Strongly Disagree
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Europion NOW

Winston Churchill's vision of the united states of Europe after the Second World War has become everyday reality. No one realizes anymore that peace between dissident states is actually something very special. The further development of the EU and its monetary union - where open borders exist and the EU jointly invests and develops - is at an advanced stage. At times of economic prosperity, this machine has been able to grow enormous and almost unnoted. As of today, the European Union - that started over 70 years ago - became a fat and preposterous monster. Now that economic times are less stable, the UK appears to step out of the EU and a large group of refugees has entered Europe, the bureaucratic system of the Brussels administration is falling to pieces. Intervention is needed to preserve stability of the Eurozone and thus united EU economy.

Untamable as the EU might seem, it's about time to make future choices. Based on facts and figures. It's time to prune this old and large tree and decide how it should grow the next 70 years.

    MEET THE TEAM

  • RUBEN DAAS | Concept, Data & Design
  • MITCHEL VAN EIJGEN | Development & Design
  • DAVID HAGER | Concept & Redactie
  • JAAP REDEKER | Web development
  • WILSUN CHEUNG | Design

    TOOLS

  • D3.js | Drawing most of the graphics
  • FULLPAGE.js | Page scrolling effect
  • CODEANYWHERE | Colaborative code editing
  • GITHUB PAGES | Hosting

    SPECIAL THANKS TO

  • ERIC CILLESSEN | Motivator
  • OUR MOMS | Hi, mom!