European integration has long focused on economic matters. The core goal of the Treaty of Rome was the construction of a single market, while the Single European Act and the Maastricht treaty were (respectively) attempts to complete the single market and prepare for a single currency. Many of the deepest European political struggles have been about subsidies to agriculture, building common trade and competition policies, dealing with unemployment and labour immobility, and (more recently) responding to the global financial crisis and the troubles of the euro zone.
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