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This leads to the reunification of Germany, when both East and West Germany are united in October With the collapse of communism across central and eastern Europe, Europeans become closer neighbours. In the Single Market is completed with the 'four freedoms' of: movement of goods, services, people and money. People are concerned about how to protect the environment and also how Europeans can act together when it comes to security and defence matters.

Millions of young people study in other countries with EU support. Communication is made easier as more and more people start using mobile phones and the internet. The euro is now the new currency for many Europeans.

During the decade more and more countries adopt the euro. EU countries begin to work much more closely together to fight crime.

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The political divisions between east and west Europe are finally declared healed when no fewer than 10 new countries join the EU in , followed by Bulgaria and Romania in A financial crisis hits the global economy in September The Treaty of Lisbon is ratified by all EU countries before entering into force in It provides the EU with modern institutions and more efficient working methods.

The global economic crisis strikes hard in Europe.

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The EU helps several countries to confront their difficulties and establishes the 'Banking Union' to ensure safer and more reliable banks. Croatia becomes the 28th member of the EU in Climate change is still high on the agenda and leaders agree to reduce harmful emissions. European elections are held in and more Eurosceptics are elected into the European Parliament.

A new security policy is established in the wake of the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Religious extremism increases in the Middle East and various countries and regions around the world, leading to unrest and wars which result in many people fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in Europe. The EU is not only faced with the dilemma of how to take care of them, but also finds itself the target of several terrorist attacks.

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The abundance. The bottomless goodwill of everyone here. Writer Douglas Coupland as the 90s drew to a close. It felt like nothing. It felt blank. In , Francis Fukuyama declared the end of history and everyone believed it.

BBC - Culture - The ‘90s: The decade that never ended

The 80s, whatever they were, were over and we were collectively entering what felt like a blank sheet of white paper. But when I moved there I was also the only human being under the age of 35 in the entire Coachella Valley — a region that spans from Palm Springs at the north, to Indio at the South.

These days everyone knows the name Coachella — which is shocking to me, as I chose Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley to live in and write in specifically because it was the closest you could get to being in a non-place while still being on planet Earth. It was pre-gay, it was pre-mid century modern. It was pre-hip.

A Century of Reading: The 10 Books That Defined the 1990s

It was this weird Californian chunk of asteroid real estate under a bell jar, inhabited by eightysomething film industry people who purchased their last decorator throw-cushion the day Richard Nixon resigned. It was published in March And then suddenly there was a decade.

Douglas Coupland, What made the s feel like the s? Money still generated money. Computers were becoming fast easy and cheap, and with them came a sense equality for everyone. Things were palpably getting better everywhere. History was over and it felt great. I also remember working at Wired magazine, though, in , and having a discussion about the internet with one of the editors, Kevin Kelly.