“After the Berlin Wall came down I visited that city and I will never forget it. The abandoned checkpoints. The sense of excitement about the future. The knowledge that a great continent was coming together. Healing those wounds of our history is the central story of the European Union.” This quote from David Cameron (current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) summarizes the excitement and potential of unifying Europe. The creation of the European Union (EU) has done just that. The European Union has made some 28 countries, small and large, slash their borders and come together in making a unified Europe. Although the idea of the European Union sounds appealing; has the EU been a success as an international organization? I believe that
Over the course of sixty years, the European Union (EU) has evolved to become one of the most economically and politically integrated regions in the world. Compare and contrast the EU with one other major global trading bloc, such as NAFTA or ASEAN, with which you are familiar.
The European Union, EU, is a unique political and economic agreement between 28 countries in Europe. Countries involved include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Overall, the main purpose of the EU is to “promote social and economic growth, develop an area of freedom, security, and justice, and maintain and build and improve European law”. There are two sides that each country must consider before entering the EU. Some pros include free trade, no tariffs, citizens can move freely throughout member countries, a common currency, and regulations so that larger countries do not have the power to control the smaller countries. While these are all very beneficial factors, there are also some cons to consider. There is no common language, making communication a hassle. Also, requirements to ...
The European Union is an agreement between 28 countries in Europe, the countries operate independently but are free to trade with each other without tariffs and are subject to governing by the European Union. According to Alex Hunt and Brian Wheeler of BBC one of the arguments for leaving the European Union is that the United Kingdom has to pay billions of pounds in membership fees annually to be part of the Union and people feel as if the money could be spent elsewhere in the government (Hunt and Wheeler). A main point of the staying side of the argument is that the European Union is beneficial to the economy as it promotes free trade throughout Union and allows people to travel from country to country without obtaining a visa (Hunt and Wheeler). The official departure from the European Union may take a few years to complete, and although unlikely, may not happen, but until then the uncertainty surrounding the likely exit will have major implications starting with the economy in the United
As of today, there are 28 member states of the European Union. Along with five more countries that have requested acceptance into the EU, but still are waiting to hear the final verdict from the EU . The European Union has many common objectives that enable this supranational entity to fully function on a daily basis, year round. The first of which is strong economic ties to its member states. With strong economic ties in place between each member state, the EU has evolved into not only a continental market, but a massive global market. This was furthered even more with the implementation of the euro in 1999. With the introduction of the euro; trade and travel between countries became more encouraged and streamlined. As well as doing away with monetary exchange rates between countries within the EU . The euro radically changed the way citizens within member states of the European Union conducted themselves, their businesses and their lives.
There are countless reasons why staying within the European Union, is extremely beneficial, especially when it comes to protecting our citizens from ruthless thugs
The European Union is a supranational government body that is, by definition, changing the traditional role of the nation state and sovereignty in Europe. This Union was formed voluntarily by states with similar goals and is unique in its conception and design to the European continent. Although The EU (European Union) is strengthening Europe economically and politically the states that form it have surrendered considerable amounts of their national sovereignty.
From the preliminary stages in 1957 with the acts of the Schuman and Monnet Treaty until today, the European Union has grown tremendously in membership and has introduced 22 countries since the original members (Germany, Italy, France, and the Benelux Nations) have founded the Community. In 2004, they had faced the largest acceptance of members by having 10 members accede to the Union. These consisted of predominantly eastern European Countries such as the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia. The purpose of European Union enlargement continues to be as prevalent today as it was throughout the beginning of its creation. In order to promote European Values and Growth, it is imperative that more members are on board for this ideal. The more Figures voicing themselves coherently, the more efficient and effective the Union views itself to be. As a Global Player, the EU chooses to be accepted as a well-rounded and cohesive Organization that intends to continue spreading its democratic values of peace, social justice and prosperity as well as economic interests among other Powers across the World. Enlargement is vital to continue dispersing these interests that the Union seeks. Furthermore, it benefits the members old and new to reap various resources that they have, respectively. Not only does membership of more Countries joining engender the fundamental freedoms of safety for the European People, but also it further cultivates the Single Market and everything that is comprised within it. Considerably, the benefits of the Single Market more or less serves as an enticement for any non-EU Member to seek acceptance.
There are several key components of the European history that have led to the creation of the individual nations within the EU and the larger supranational Institution we call the European Union. As Curtis and Linser (2004) “The European Union is the most important development in European history since World War Two” (Curtis & Linser, 2004, p.4). And I tend to agree that this story line is the most important since it was the starting’s to one of the largest supranational organizations that shaped modern Europe and continues to shape it today. To start the European Union could not have been created without the nations that are part of this supranational organization. Many of the nations that make up the EU have been either long-term super powers, France, United Kingdom or Germany, but also areas plagued with conflict. The conflict is however the more important of the two. The conflict between Germany and the rest of Europe in WW2 was the sparks that created...