European Union: 20 Years Ago The Great Enlargement

Today, the European Union finds itself facing a new prospect of enlargement. In the Balkans, but also on the borders with Russia where, for geopolitical reasons, the candidacy of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia is supported by many.

Twenty years have passed since the largest and most significant expansion of the European Union.

It was May 1st 2004 and the EU was expanding to the north with the three Baltic Republics, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It added Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary to its central body, reaching for the first time as far as the Balkans with the entry of Slovenia. And in the Mediterranean it included Cyprus and Malta.

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