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Maastricht Treaty Establishes The European Union

The history of the European Union (EU) began soon after WWII, when there developed in Europe a strong revulsion against national rivalries and parochial loyalties. The idea of a united Europe was seen as the basis for European strength and security, and the European Coal and Steel Company, established in 1951, was the first attempt at accomplishing this. In 1992, the Maastricht Treaty, formally the Treaty on European Union, officially established the EU. How many member states does the EU have?

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Fat Tax

Fat tax, also known as "Twinkie tax", "junk food tax," and "snack tax," is a tax on calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods. The concept was pioneered in the early 1980s by Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, who proposed that revenue from such a tax be used to subsidize more healthful foods and fund nutrition campaigns. Proponents believe that the increased cost of junk food might also deter buyers and thereby curb consumption. How much revenue could a tax of 1 cent per 12-oz soda generate annually in the US?

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Sir Thomas More

More was an English lawyer, writer, and politician who earned a reputation as a leading humanist scholar. He held many public offices during Henry VIII's reign, including that of Lord Chancellor. He is remembered for his book Utopia, which describes an ideal state founded entirely on reason, and for his principled refusal to accept the King as the head of the Church of England—a decision that resulted in his execution on the grounds of treason. What recognition was he accorded in 1886?

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