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.
EU leaders have agreed to keep up the pressure on Moscow over its role in Ukraine, extending sanctions for another six months. Despite the ongoing tensions, the Russian economy has seen a slight recovery in recent months, with domestic spending picking up - giving local businesses a bit of a boost.
One year after UK voters chose to leave the EU, many of the preconditions for successful talks still aren't in place. DW spoke to three top international negotiators about what should happen - and what's likely to occur.
The much anticipated Brexit talks, where Britain negotiates the terms of its formal exit from the European Union, have finally begun, on schedule. The talks are expected to last at least 15 months and are likely to go on for longer. From Britain’s point of view,though, the talks could not have got off to a less auspicious start. From London Stephen Beard reports.
The European Union says Britain's promise to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit is insufficient. Belgium's prime minister has also warned that London's plans may contain a nasty surprise.
Domestic appliances use up to double as much energy as stated on their energy labels, according to an EU product survey. Outdated official tests are "vulnerable to misuse" by manufacturers, warn the report's authors.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she has every hope of a strong partnership with Britain even after Brexit. She also hopes the divorce negotiations take place without acrimony. Her comments come after the first day of Brexit talks between Britain and the EU.