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.
On today's programme: The showdown between the EU and Poland over judicial reform - A controversial new labelling law in Italy - Cypriots pushing for reunification are down but not out - Drumming up business for halal holidays – Homelessness in Slovakia - Rome's crumbling infrastructure - A tale of two Belgian cities – The 'Forever Young' 70 year old German music publishing dynasty.
The EU has warned Poland that it will launch legal action against it, if Warsaw goes ahead with controversial reforms of its judiciary. The legal reforms have triggered mass street protests in Poland and raised fears for the rule of law there. Paul Ivan, Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, explains the measures that the EU executive could take against Poland.
Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis has held talks with the Czech Foreign Minister. There are thousands of Czechs living in Britain, and one of the major sticking points in the Brexit talks is who should oversee their rights after the UK leaves the EU. And on that Mr Davis suggested there had been little progress. Rob Cameron reports from Prague.
The Italian government has announced a controversial new decree that requires all pasta and rice packages sold in Italy to be labelled with the country of origin of the product inside. The agriculture ministry says the move to protect Italian farmers should be adopted by the entire EU. But as Megan Williams reports, foreign wheat and rice producers, local millers and pasta producers are worried.