The EU three (or EU 3, sometimes G-3) refers to the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). All those countries are considered great powers, with their influence within the European Union and outside it. The EU 3 attempts to lead the policy of the EU, though more often as the G6 post-2004, and in particular, EU foreign policy: for example when they led EU efforts attempting to cease the nuclear programme in Iran.
"EU 3 + 3" (also referred to as the "E3+3" or "E3/EU+3") refers to a grouping which includes the EU 3 and China, Russia, and the United States. It was coined when these states joined the diplomatic efforts with Iran in regards to its nuclear program. In the United States and Russia, it is more commonly known as P5+1, which refers to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.
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