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The European Union Turns 50

The EU celebrates its birthday on March 25 as its leaders gather in Berlin to look back at what's been achieved and to discuss challenges that lie ahead. Find out more in DW-WORLD.DE's special dossier.

Plakat 50 Jahre Römische Verträge EU hat Geburtstag

Plakat 50 Jahre Römische Verträge EU hat Geburtstag

On March 25, 1957, the leaders of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Rome. It joined the six countries in the European Economic Community, which has since grown to the 27-member European Union.

After two world wars and centuries of conflict in Europe, the bloc has brought peace and stability to the continent.

While many EU citizens still haven't developed a European identity, their leaders will gather in Berlin over the weekend to celebrate the historic achievements of the union, which was created half a century ago.

Find out more about the European Union's beginnings and its present and future challenges in this special DW-WORLD.DE dossier.


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