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 a major blow to Theresa May's government, the British parliament has granted itself the power to determine the fate of a final Brexit deal. The move follows the European Parliament's warning on London back-pedaling.
The world's top economic powers are joining forces to combat market-distorting trade practices. In a surprising move, the US has joined the EU and Japan to sign a declaration during the World Trade Organisation ministerial conference in Buenos Aires. The question now is whether they can get other countries to join them.
Brexit threatens the peace in Northern Ireland, says Jonathan Powell, one of the architects of the peace process. The UK's recent agreement with the EU has not solved the problem of the Irish border, he tells DW.
First the Panama Papers, then the Paradise Papers. Now pressure is on the EU to curb tax evasion by multinationals and the wealthy. Now it's put together its first ever blacklist of 17 tax havens. Provoking criticism that no EU countries themselves have been named and shamed.
British advocates of Brexit have slammed the UK's postal service following reports that it will not produce a stamp marking the country's exit from the EU. Some MPs said they'd push Royal Mail to reverse its decision.