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.
First independence. Then Brexit. Now Scotland's handling of the coronavirus outbreak has stirred up fresh tensions with the UK government, despite an initial unified approach.
11 months ago
The EU has vowed to support its Balkan neighbours against the coronavirus but warned them to be grateful for the help, after China's "mask diplomacy" made inroads in the region
12 months ago
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.
1 year ago
From statue plaques to school books and trade agreements, the proof of a historic deal between Greece and Macedonia to change the latter's name lies in the small print.
2 years ago
Macedonia's government has vowed to push ahead with changing the country's name to appease Greece and build ties with the West, but opponents said low turnout made it illegitimate.
3 years ago
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.
3 years ago
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