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.
The threat of steeper US tariffs on EU-assembled vehicles could lead a global trade war. German automakers, which produce more vehicles in the US than they export there, are in the Trump administration's crosshairs.
Austria will be taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU on July 1. The country sees itself as a bridge to central Europe and the western Balkans, conservative Austrian politician Martin Engelberg tells DW.
Albania is reportedly open to hosting reception centers for individuals seeking asylum in the EU. The plan could help keep embattled German Chancellor Angela Merkel in power and placate her hard-line interior minister.
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