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.
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.
3 weeks ago
The EU has agreed to open negotiations with Albania and the ex-Yugoslav republic of Macedonia on the countries joining the bloc starting in June next year, provided certain conditions are met.
3 weeks ago
Greece and Macedonia sign a preliminary agreement to rename the small Balkan nation the Republic of North Macedonia, taking a step towards ending a row that has rumbled on since 1991.
4 weeks ago
A proposed deal to resolve a 27-year name row with Macedonia kicks up a storm in Greece, with the government under fire over a compromise the opposition has rejected as a "national retreat".
1 month ago
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