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.
European flags are waving in front of the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. Two days before Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, the European Parliament also ratified the EU withdrawal agreement at a meeting in Brussels and finally sealed the brexit.
European flags are waving in front of th […]

EU seeks to reform membership process to unblock Skopje, Tirana talks

North Macedonia and Albania both welcome changes proposed by the European Commission to the EU accession process, expressing hope that these will clear the way for them to begin formal membership talks soon.
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.
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