‘How the EU was made’ examines how interests and events combined to bring about the development of the European Community and looks at the founding treaties. The Single European Act provided for completion of the single market by 1992. It strengthened both the Community's powers and its institutions. It was succeeded by the Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice, and Lisbon treaties, likewise strengthening both powers and institutions, and responding to similar combinations of pressures. The prospect of the single market helped to revive the economy, and the Community institutions gained in strength as they dealt with a vast programme of legislation.