An Empire of ideals Essay

1793 WordsFeb 22, 20098 Pages
An Empire of Ideals Is there a correlation between the success of the European Union (EU) and its history of imperialism? This conglomerate of twenty-seven nations is proving to the rest of the world that much can be achieved by uniting. The European Commission, the political apparatus of the EU, is deploying great efforts to forge a new European identity for its population. Doing so includes the use of a common currency (except in England), adherence to the blue and yellow flag, as well as the necessity for member countries to relinquishing some national identity traits. Three main points will be the focus of this analysis: the geography of the EU, how new country-members and their citizens are impacted by joining the Union, and the cost to limitrophe countries, specifically members of the former Soviet Block. The analysis will also attempt to shed light on the debate between those who are pro Union, and those who wish for status quo. Prior to sinking our teeth in the meat of the subject, a brief historical appetizer is required. Europa.eu explains that as the Second World War was still raging through Europe, three monarchies, then in exile in London, decided as a way to consolidate their dwindling economies to sign the treaty establishing the Benelux Customs Union on September 5, 1944. This treaty would be a precursor to the 1951 European Coal and Steel Community established by the six founding members . As the core countries consolidated their alliances with further agreements, in 1972 the then EEC moved further ahead with European integration to include Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Now a force to reckon with, the future EU elected its first four hundred and ten members of parliament in Brussels in 1979. Two years later Greece joined. In 1986 Spain and Portugal did the same. From then on, history is accelerated: in 1989 the Berlin wall fell,

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