Since the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community under the Schuman Plan in 1950, the EU has grown from originally six to twenty-eight member states with more than half-a-billion inhabitants.
moreMember States of the European Union
European policy affects a host of fields for which various ministries in Germany are responsible. To ensure the Federal Government presents a unified stance, there are various coordination mechanisms. moreGermany in the EU
Germany enjoys a long-standing tradition of extremely close and intensive cooperation with its neighbours France and Poland. A further important forum is Baltic Sea cooperation.
moreCooperation with other states in Europe
The sheer size of the European Union in economic, financial and trade terms makes it an important world power. The EU has a web of agreements with most countries and regions of the globe.
moreEuropean foreign policy
The European Union has grown from originally six to today twenty-eight member states - clear proof of how attractive and sucessful this model is. How develops the process of the enlargement? moreEnlargement and neigbourhood
Since 27 June 2013, the multiannual financial framework has been in place as the EU budget plan for the period 2014–2020. A total of almost 1000 billion euros is available for the different policy areas.