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.
One of the main issues dividing French presidential candidates Macron and Le Pen is protectionism. However, it was local-level lawmakers behind an initiative which has spread across France in a direct challenge to the EU. The "Moliere clause" bans employees based in other EU countries from working on French building sites if they can't speak French.
Misuse of funds by Marine Le Pen's party may have cost the European Parliament more than twice as much as estimated, a source has said. It's just one of the charges leveled against the French presidential candidate.
Protective "social pillars" for the EU's 508 million residents to deflate populist jibes have been unveiled by the EU's executive. Measures include work or training rights for young jobless and EU-wide paternity leave.
The move follows a request by French prosecutors to further an investigation into whether Le Pen abused EU funds to pay party assistants. The presidential candidate has dismissed the allegations as a "bare-faced lie."
Hungary's prime minister lashed out at George Soros, founder of the embattled Central European University. The PM's remarks came after the EU Commission sent a "letter of formal notice" to the Hungarian government.