"So similar, so different, so European."
Did you know that, as a result of successive enlargements, the European Union (EU) is the largest economy in the world, with more than 500 million citizens? It has more weight internationally than ever before. The EU's enlargement policy supports the membership preparations of those European countries which aspire to join the EU. Thereby it helps to make Europe a safer place, and promotes democracy and fundamental freedoms, while consolidating the rule of law in the aspiring countries. Croatia, the latest country to join the EU, became the Union's 28th Member State in 2013. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland (negotiations with Iceland have been put on hold following the decision of the Icelandic government), Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey are candidates or potential candidates. Some of them are already in the negotiation process or waiting to start, while others have the prospect of membership when they are prepared. The European Commission is keen to learn more about what you think:
- What is your experience in an enlarged European Union?
- How can the enlarged European Union meet the challenges of the future?
Share your views on one or both questions in an article (max 1.000 words) and win great prizes!
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