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.
Donald Tusk has given Belgium an ultimatum that they have to take a position on CETA by Monday night. Everything was set for the signing of the CETA trade agreements between the EU and Canada, but the Belgian region of Wallonia has decided against it. Even though the Belgian federal government is for the agreement, they can't approve the vote until all the regional governments approve.
Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim has warned the EU that it has other alternatives to membership in the bloc. Yildirim did not name any options, but critics suspect Turkey could be hinting at closer relations with Russia.
Over a million migrants and refugees travelled to Europe by boat in 2015. The majority of them were fleeing wars and other disasters. Greece has found itself on the frontline of the humanitarian crisis. But experts say refugees could boost the Greek economy.