Portugal and Spain join the European Communities



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In 1986, Portugal and Spain joined what was then called the European Communities (now the EU). This served as the third enlargement of the Communities, with the first occurring in 1973 (Denmark, Ireland, and the UK) and the second occurring in 1981 (Greece). This enlargement solidified the progressive political and cultural transitions from dictatorships to democracies in each country.