|central Europe, central European nation: This geographic designation is inexact but generally includes:
Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary,
sometimes Switzerland and Slovenia.
While Europe was politically divided
into Western Europe (non-Communist) and Eastern Europe (Communist), the
term central Europe was not commonly used but is now regaining popularity.
Western Europe: Capitalize in a historical context when referring to the political
entity of noncommunist Europe after World War II. Geographically, that
region is western and part of central Europe (western Europe).
Eastern Europe: Capitalize in a historical context when referring to the political
entity of communist Europe after World War II. Geographically, the
region is eastern and part of central Europe (eastern Europe).
continent of Europe
northern Europe (geographic entity)
When the Maastricht Treaty on European Union went into effect November
1, 1993, what was known as the European Community became the European
Union, or EU.
Capitalize the term union only when it is used in the full name:
the European Union
For further information go to www.eurunion.org/infores/euindex.htm or www.europa.eu.