EU enlargement

The Union is growing
Since its inception in 1957, the European Union has grown continuously. In the beginning, the bloc consisted of just six founder countries. Today, the EU has 28 members. And there are plans for the expansion to continue, especially towards the Southeast. The current candidate countries include Turkey and Albania as well as Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been declared potential candidate countries while the accession of Turkey to the EU currently seems less likely due to the repressive policies of its current administration. But will an ever larger European Union still be able to act during times of crisis? After all, it already regularly appears to have difficulties finding a common line today.
Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev (C) waves a Macedonian flag during a 'Yes' rally ahead of a referendum on whether to change the country's name to 'The Republic of North Macedonia' in Skopje on September 16, 2018. Photo: Robert Atanasovski / AFP
Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev (C) waves a Mac […]

Five things about Macedonia, a country that may change its name

Macedonia's citizens will vote Sunday on whether to rename their country "The Republic of North Macedonia", part of a compromise with Greece which has a province with the same name. 
The flags of the EU member states are displayed with the EU flag on a table at the European Information Center in Erfurt, Germany, 08 February 2017. Das wünschen sich viele: Dass alle in Europa zusammenstehen. Foto: Jens Kalaene/dpa/archive
The flags of the EU member states are d […]

The path to the EU

EU enlargement: Requirements for accession include abidance with EU regulations, approval by EU institutions and member states and the consent of the country’s citizens.
Supporters of Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) wave national and EU flags as then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul on December 18, 2004. Photo: Mustafa Ozer / AFP
Supporters of Turkey's Justice and Devel […]

Turkey EU accession talks at a ‘standstill’: ministers

Turkey's EU accession talks have come to a "standstill" as the country moves further away from the bloc, with little prospect of change in the near future, EU ministers have said.
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