The European Union : An Erroneous Assumption

1845 WordsMar 15, 20168 Pages
There is an erroneous assumption in the world that the concept of the European Union, the notion of having a shared currency, and borderless pan-European continent is a relatively new idea. However, the idea of a pan-European identity as it is known today through the European Union was established after the end of the Second World War, as the need for a united Western Europe was needed to combat the possible threat of war with the Soviet Union. The policies of the European Union went through a long review through the establishment of multiple pan-European organizations, primarily the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and the European Economic Community (EEC), which provided the backbone of the modern European Union, through a number of treaties that encouraged European cooperation. It is through the combined efforts of the ECSC and the ECC that Churchill’s dream of a united Europe in 1949 eventually culminated in the creation of the European Union (E.U), an organization whose role is to protect the economic interests of aligned nations as outlined by the mandates of the ECSC and ECC. It was Churchill who started the campaign for the unification of Europe, calling for a “United States of Europe” to be formed in response to the threat the Soviet Union posed post World War II . In 1949, the Council of Europe was formed in an attempt to create a European parliament that would help aid European integration, as a means to prevent the threat of a war arising between
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