With the accession of ten new member states in 2004, the European Union overcame the division of Europe. Countries that belonged to the Soviet sphere of influence were now part of the EU. For them the Cold War was finally over.
European Journal takes a look back at the dramatic years of eastern enlargement and talks to Günter Verheugen, who was European Commissioner for Enlargement at the time. He says eastern enlargement is a success story, and that the EU should admit more countries.