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.
For the last six weeks, French artist Guillaume Bottazzi has been creating a vast mural in honor of the victims of the Brussels attacks. On a break from his work high above the EU quarter, he told DW about his project.
Michel Barnier has set a target of October 2018 for the UK to agree a deal to leave the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May plans to invoke Article 50 by the end of March, which will trigger a two-year deadline to withdraw.