The European Union is an economic and political union of 28 member states. It has a population of over 500 million; Germany is its largest member.
The founding members of the bloc were Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany, who signed the Treaty of Rome in 1957. The Maastricht Treaty established the European Union under its current name in 1993.
The European Union has warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops into Ukraine could push the conflict closer to a point of no return. Meeting in Brussels - EU leaders are discussing further economic sanctions to get Moscow to reconsider its position. They've also elected a new EU leadership for the next five years.