European Integration - History

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On February 7, 1992, an agreement was signed in Maastricht , the Netherlands, which laid the foundation for a new stage of integration in Europe - the formation of the European Union. This infographic shows the current EU member states and the candidate member states that will eventually be part of the European Union.

Infographic: European History and Enlargement Prospects

Maastricht Treaty - The Maastricht Treaty (formally known as the Treaty on European Union), which was signed on February 7, 1992, created the European Union. The treaty met with substantial resistance in some countries. In Denmark, for example, voters who were worried about infringements upon their country’s sovereignty defeated a referendum on the original treaty in June 1992, though a revised treaty was approved the following May. Voters in France narrowly approved the treaty in September…

Maastricht Treaty - The Maastricht Treaty (formally known as the Treaty on European Union), which was signed on February 7, 1992, created the European Union. The treaty met with substantial resistance in some countries. In Denmark, for example, voters who were worried about infringements upon their country’s sovereignty defeated a referendum on the original treaty in June 1992, though a revised treaty was approved the following May. Voters in France narrowly approved the treaty in September…

❖ February 7, 1992 ❖ The Maastricht Treaty (formally, the Treaty on European Union or TEU) is signed by the members of the European Community (Belgium, Denmark, France, West Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom) in Maastricht, Netherlands

French minister of Foreign Affairs Roland Dumas (L) and French. French minister of Foreign Affairs Roland Dumas…

During the Brussels European Council on 12 and 13 July 1976, a large crowd demonstrates in favour of the direct election of the European Parliament. The photo shows the arrival of the French President, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.

During the Brussels European Council on 12 and 13 July 1976, a large crowd demonstrates in favour of the direct election of the European Parliament. The photo shows the arrival of the French President, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.

Margaret Thatcher at a pro-European rally before the EEC referendum, London, 1975.

Margaret Thatcher at a pro-European rally before the EEC referendum, London, 1975.

Demonstration during the European Council meeting in Rome calls for direct elections of the European Parliament, 1975. The first election of the Parliament eventually took place in 1979.

Demonstration during the European Council meeting in Rome calls for direct elections of the European Parliament, 1975. The first election of the Parliament eventually took place in 1979.

Demonstration during the European Council meeting in Rome calls for direct elections of the European Parliament, 1975.

Demonstration during the European Council meeting in Rome calls for direct elections of the European Parliament, 1975.

Europeans demonstrating for direct elections to the European Parliament during the Summit of Heads of State and Government, The Hague, 1969

Europeans demonstrating for direct elections to the European Parliament during the Summit of Heads of State and Government, The Hague, 1969

Europeans demonstrating for a united Europe without borders. Ponte San Luigi, Italy, 1952.

Europeans demonstrating for a united Europe without borders. Ponte San Luigi, Italy, 1952.

Demonstration during the European Council meeting in Maastricht, in 1991.

Demonstration during the European Council meeting in Maastricht, in 1991.

Demonstration in Brussels demanding a transformation of the European Communities into a political union, 1987.

Demonstration in Brussels demanding a transformation of the European Communities into a political union, 1987.

"Chiediamo l'Europa" - Pro-European Demonstrations in Milan, 1985

"Chiediamo l'Europa" - Pro-European Demonstrations in Milan, 1985

A poster in French calling for citizens to join the biggest demonstration for the "European Union Now" in Milan, 1985.

A poster in French calling for citizens to join the biggest demonstration for the "European Union Now" in Milan, 1985.

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Maastricht Treaty. 7 February 1992.

Maastricht Treaty. 7 February 1992.

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