In the 1950s, six European states joined forces to become what we now know as the European Union. Nowadays, after numerous rounds of enlargement, more than 28 countries are EU members. And the process is far from over.
Bosnia has lifted a key blockage on its road to EU membership, with help from Berlin. But the Balkan country is facing other serious obstacles, says regional expert Alida Vracic.
Tens of thousands have demonstrated in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, against a proposed government coalition. The protests are linked to a visit to the country by EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
Turkey has stepped up its verbal assaults on the Western world, especially Germany, ahead of high-level talks with the EU. One Turkish paper even used the well-worn Hitler comparison.
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