The European Union : An Important Part Of Europe

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In 1945 the European Unity (formally established as the European Union when the Maastricht Treaty came into force on 1 November 1993 ) was a political development, which was reinforced and inspired by leading British politicians, especially Sir Winston Churchill. In his 1946 Zurich speech "a kind of United States of Europe" his intent was for the European Unity to be led by France and Germany and he specifically had no intention of involving Britain. It was evident that in these early stages of building a united Europe it reflected some of today’s views, which have been described as "wishing to seem an important part of Europe without being a part of it". Fast forward to David Cameron’s success in the elections and this has bought him…show more content…
This position of authority is testament to how they have changed their political perspective of the world and Europe and have shown great pragmatism, especially with the increasingly multi faceted challenges of very complex military and political global issues. Britain’s strength lies in its bargaining power and persuasiveness especially when brought to the political bargaining table. Europe though, is where Britain’s military, political and economical muscles are really flexed. It is stated according to Forbes that Britain (just beating France) are the 5th largest economy in the world with a gross domestic product (GDP) valued at $3 trillion (£2 trillion) this year, behind Germany at $3.3tn, and Japan in third spot at $4.1tn and statistically are set to become the best-performing economy in western Europe next year with the possibility of eventually overtaking powerhouse nations Germany and Japan as a global economic leader in the 2030s. This rise up the world rankings is due to the strength of its IT and software industries as well as its culturally diverse workforce, the World Economic League Table from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found . This holds huge gravitas and as leading members of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC), Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE), North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the European Union (EU) Britain stand firmly near the top of the pecking order
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