The European Union plays an important role in international relations due to her Engagement in the areas of diplomacy, trade and development cooperation.
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.
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?
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-seven member states with approximately half-a-billion inhabitants.