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.
In recognition of Belarus’ role in mediating the Ukrainian war, the EU lifted economic sanctions against it. But the West is still reluctant to have political links with the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko who the opposition accuses of human rights abuses. The hounding of dissidents continues despite Lukashenko’s verbal commitment to maintaining democratic standards.Julian Berner reports.
As governments around the world implement legislation to fight climate change, companies are lobbying to give their input to those new laws. But a report by UK think tank InfluenceMap says 35 out of the 50 most influential companies doing so are actually trying to block efforts to fight climate change. DW's Dave Keating is in Tallin at a meeting of EU energy ministers and tells us more.