UK's Great Escape - Facts4EU.Org looks at the EU’s inexorable takeover of a continent

The European Union: The World’s most expansionist empire, in maps and charts

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Despite the loss of its 2nd-largest member country, the EU’s expansionist march seems relentless

A Brexit Facts4EU.Org Series

Part One – The EU’s acquisition of countries, land, and people (this report)
Part Two – The EU’s acquisition of political and other powers
Part Three – The EU’s empire compared to the last Western European empire: the Third Reich

In just 64 years, the EU has expanded beyond recognition. It started quietly as the European Economic Community (EEC) which was founded by six countries in 1957 with the Treaty of Rome.

Sixteen years passed before its first expansion in 1973 when it increased its number of countries by 50%. Since then its acquisitive nature has gathered pace and become more apparent.

Today Brexit Facts4EU.Org tells the story of the World’s most expansionist empire, in simple maps, charts, and facts and figures.

In this three-part series we ask: Is the EU now the most dangerous world threat to individual nationhood, cultural identity, personal freedoms, and the established global order?

Part one – countries, land, people

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

How much has the EEC/EU expanded so far?

  • Number of countries - Has increased by 4.5 times, from 6 to 27 (+350%)

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  • Land mass - Has increased by 3.5 times, from 1,170,348 sq km to 4,125,107 sq km (+252%)


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  • Population - Has increased 2.85 times, from 167m to 447m (+185%)

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By any measure, and despite the EU’s loss of the United Kingdom, the EEC/EU’s expansion over the past 50 years has been continuous and significant.

Which new member countries does the EU have in its sights?

The EU has five candidate countries in process, and there are two potential candidate countries currently listed by the EU Commission. These are:-

Five official candidate countries in process:

  • Albania
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Turkey

Two potential candidate countries on the list:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo

If these seven countries all join, then our maps above would look like this


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Isn't 'empire' a dirty word?

In this series of Facts4EU.Org reports we are looking at the EU as an empire. Given the increasing centralisation of power in Brussels and the large increase in areas of life controlled by the EU Commission, this seems perfectly appropriate.

In this, Part One, we have focused on the enormous increase in the EU's control in terms of countries, territory, and people. In less than 50 years since its first enlargement (when the EU was called the European Economic Community or EEC) the number of countries is 4.5 times greater, the amount of territory is 3.5 times greater, and the number of people living under the EU is now 2.85 times greater.

It is official EU policy to absorb the Balkans countries and Turkey, as the next phase of the EU's expansion. In our view it doesn't matter whether a country such as Turkey is likely to join in the next few years or not. The fact is that this is EU policy and Turkish government policy. In any case it seems highly likely that some of the Balkan countries will start joining around 2025.

In Part Two Facts4EU.Org will look at the EU’s acquisition of political and other powers over the citizens in its empire. We also intend to question the democratic legitimacy of this whole exercise in empire building.

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[ Sources: EU Commission | World Bank | OECD ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Thur 29 Jul 2021

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