European Union

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! First contemplated in the aftermath of World War II, the European Union’s simple roots can be traced back to six founding members; Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Originally conceptualized as a remedy for bloodshed between neighboring countries, the EU has since expanded in both size and strength. Weaving its way into nearly every facet of European life, the EU has since enveloped over 28 countries, and is responsible for creating the world’s largest free market. However, this union has not come without its own problems. Burgeoning into a source of tension and debate, the EU has been blamed for the falter of numerous of aspects of European life. In this paper, the issues and arguments from both sides of the debate will be presented and analyzed. ! One of the most significant benefits of the European Union is increased economic cooperation between member states. When the European Union was originally fabricated, it sought to create a peaceful Europe through the process of tying countries together financially. In order to achieve this, the EU established that all members must Nick Coleman Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:43:38 PM Mountain Standard Time open their borders for easy trade with their neighboring partners; thus enabling a single free market. Nearly 66 years later, this strategy has created a huge boom within the Euro-Zone. According to the official European Union website, “Operating as a single market with 28 countries, the EU is a major world trading power, with an economy now larger than the United States,” (Europa.eu). Amassing a GDP nearly one trillion dollars more than the United States, the European Union has found extreme success with this strategy. ! However, the creation o... ... middle of paper ... ...t of the EU rests upon Germany. The European Union is tied together financially, and as a result Nick Coleman Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:43:38 PM Mountain Standard Time feel the economic failures of neighboring countries. This puts the union at constant risk for failure. ! As one can see, the very base of the EU is not only dysfunctional, but completely unnecessary. While factors such as economic growth and cooperation appear highly favorable, they are also the downfall of the European Union. Tied together financially, the EU is a delicate system of regulations, yet is run by mere power-hungry bureaucrats. And, unlike the rest of the modernized world, the EU is slowly abolishing democracy under the name of progression. Losing supporters by the British pound, the dissolving of the EU is not only pivotal to regional European success, but rather eminent nonetheless.

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