The European Union ( Eu )

1583 WordsDec 8, 20157 Pages
The European Union (EU) is the most successful supranational organization in the world to promote and spread democracy. Without the values and result-based monitoring systems structured through this organization, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and ultimately the entire world would be a significantly different place. The EU’s uniqueness and undeniable success stems from its strategic use of integration as key to enlargement and the effective ‘Europeanization’ of countries. Though there are dissenters who would argue the European Union’s lack of effectiveness in the enlargement process since 1989, there is value in noting that enlargement is an on-going phenomenon and not an entity with an expiry date. Europe, in the aftermath of World War Two was, in Tony Judt’s words, “utterly shattered, hopeless, and exhausted.” Any publication written about this time period will emphasize that the war was a dramatically civilian experience, especially considering the long lasting mental strain of the interwar period. Although this terror did not end post-1945 for the Balkans and most of Eastern Europe, the changed international environment in the 1990s provided new opportunities for the promotion of democracy. With this dreadful snapshot of post-1945 Europe illustrated, it becomes evident that Europe is a legacy built around war, and despite this has been one of the most successful supranational organizations in democracy promotion. What began as nothing more than a trading bloc through

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