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This is the seventh explainer in the Ask the IIEA series. These explainers aim to answer common questions about European affairs and to provide an insight into what’s going on in the EU.

The EU has expanded its membership significantly, growing from six founding countries in 1957 to twenty-eight Member States in 2013. This explainer explores the current state of play of the EU’s enlargement policy as well as examining the arguments in favour of further EU enlargement. This explainer is available here. 

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