Member States of the European Union

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. more

Germany in the EU

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.

Institutions and treaty basics

The Treaty of Lisbon in 2009 strenghtend the Institutions and legal capacity of the European Union in its democratic core. more

Cooperation with other states in Europe

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. more

European foreign policy

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. more

Enlargement and neigbourhood

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?

Migration, freedom of movement, EU citizenship

The EU is cooperating closely on justice and home affairs, for example on asylum issues, on protecting EU external borders and on civil and criminal law cases. more

Growth, employment and the euro

The European model aims to strike a balance between economic performance and social cohesion. The European Union’s economic situation is analysed in depth at the EU level on an ongoing basis and coordinated with national policies. more

The Council of Europe

Since 1949, the Council of Europe has been working to promote the rule of law and protect human rights and democracy throughout Europe. more

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