The European Union is a geo-political entity covering a large portion of the European continent. It is founded upon numerous treaties and has undergone expansions that have taken it from 6 member states to 27, a majority of states in Europe. Below are two brief videos on the historic and continued development of the EU.
The historic expansion
How was the European Union developed? To set the facts straight, the Economist has developed the video below about the EU´s stepwise enlargement from the Coal & Steel Community to todays fiscal union.
Croatia and beyond
Croatia’s ‘Yes’ vote to join the European Union puts it on course to be the EU´s 28th member in July 2013. But the low turnout last Sunday suggests the EU does not have the attraction it once did and the expansion beyond Croatia is uncertain.