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NATO was founded in 1949, and more than 60 years later, is still vital to the security of the UK.

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The European Union comprises 27 member states. Britain has been a member since 1973.

The Commonwealth

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The Commonwealth turned 60 in 2009, learn more about its members and values

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Find out about the history of NATO, its objectives and the UK's role in the institution.

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