Germany and Europe
Germany is one of the founding members of the European Union. Today it works to strengthen and develop the EU as a guarantor of peace, security and prosperity.
Germany – Strong Partner in the EU
The cohesion of the European Union forms the basis for the Member States’ peace, security and prosperity. As one of the founding EU Member States, German actively advocates “more Europe”.
Map of Europe
The five EU countries with the most inhabitants
The four biggest countries in the EU
The five largest economies in the EU
Germany’s five most important trading partners in the EU
The three biggest contributors in the EU
Facts and figures
EU founding member in 1957
Germany was one of the six founding-states of the then EEC.
Climate-neutral Europe by 2050
The EU’s Fit for 55 package is the largest package of climate protection legislation that has been put together anywhere in the world.
21 EU deployments
The EU currently deploys around 4,000 male and female personnel to promote security and stability around the world.
95,5 billion euros
These funds have been allocated to the EU’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.
The most important steps along the path to a united Europe and other significant stages of the partnership.
The process of European integration begins.
With the signing of the Treaties of Rome, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands establish the European Economic Community (EEC).
Members of the public are invited to vote in European elections.
This is the first time that Members of the European Parliament have been directly elected. They had previously been delegated by national parliaments.
Visible signs of European integration at the borders:
in Schengen in Luxembourg, Germany, France and the Benelux countries agree to end border controls between the states. Other countries join the agreement later.
The EU gets its own currency.
Known unofficially as the Eurozone, 20 states make up the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) of the European Union. They use the euro as their common form of currency.
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta and Cyprus
join the EU on 1 May. Bulgaria and Romania followed in 2007.
Croatia joins the EU in 2013.
The UK ceased to be a member of the EU in February 2020. The current official accession candidates are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine.