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.
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.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev raise their hands during a signing ceremony between officials from Greece and Macedonia at Prespes Lake on June 17, 2018. Photo: Sakis Mitrolidis / AFP
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) […]

Greece, Macedonia sign historic deal to rename Balkan country

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.
People demonstrate in Syntagma Square in Athens on February 4, 2018 to urge the government not to compromise in the festering name row with neighbouring Macedonia. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP
People demonstrate in Syntagma Square in […]

Political storm in Greece over proposed Macedonia name deal

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".
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