The European Union is an economic and political union of 28 member states. It has a population of over 500 million; Germany is its most populous member, France the largest by land mass.
The founding members of the bloc were Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany, who signed the Treaty of Rome in 1957 to set up the EU's predecessor. First called the "European Economic Community," the bloc replaced the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the continental economic alliance forged in the aftermath of World War II. The Maastricht Treaty established the European Union under its current name in 1993. This page is a collection DW's latest content related to the EU.
Rising protectionism in the US is pushing the EU to look elsewhere in the world for promising trading partners. India is one of those countries. German chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting Indian prime minister Narendra Modi today - and both sides have their feelers out for a potential free trade deal.
With Germany's parliament discussing a social media law to combat hate speech online, social media companies have voiced concerns about how it will impact their operations. But how far is too far? DW examines the trends.