Orgs #3 EU – European Union The old world – Mac Daddy of all trade blocks – the most successful economic/political organization of states of modern/all times. Challenging the concept of nation state Why didn’t we start here first o So big, so complex, so much more I had to wait to the end to explain it. Trade Block o Hard to see because it is so much more o Undisputed strength o The trade stuff is good and it has made them rich 27 States GDP 16-17 Trillion o Would be the biggest single economy on earth – bigger than us o World is accepting this more than individual countries GDP o United States of Europe Why Europe? o War… o They have perpetuated conflict WWI, WWII or the other wars of European history o Collided with and destroyed its self over and over again o WWII Everyone realized WWIII was not going to be something people survived Europe thought how could we prevent it? Peace/ Treaties is not working obviously Economically binding states o Cost both parties’ money to attack each other o 1951-1952 Europe was destroyed post 1945 Need energy and steel to rebuild this ECSC – European Coal and Steel Community 1951 Control the crucial resources Everyone needs this stuff to rebuild Let’s work together to control and regulate these resources 6 members – European core o France o Germany o Italy o Belgium o Netherlands o Luxembourg European atomic energy agency merged with ECSC in 1957
This started the opening for trade since economies were together o EEC 1957 o 1993 changed name to EU o Common currency, parliament, economic policy, military, etc. o Beyond a simple economic union More and more countries have joined the EU o Why would states want to join? More money! o Why would rich countries want to stay? They want to get richer too AND – even Germany #4 economy would not be able to compete with USA or China alone. Belgium couldn’t do it but as a single union they can compete and they do. EU single biggest economy on planet earth Raising the roof and the bar o Interesting questions too Free movement of goods and services Free movement of labor and people They started this o Others are thinking about it o No passport needed o Once you get into the EU you can go anywhere within the EU 4 more states on the fast track to get in 4 others trying to get on the short list Not finished growing Interesting questions o Integration of all levels of society Singular constitution Singular Govt Singular Parliament Singular Court Singular Laws Singular bill of rights Convicts of Spain are convicts of all EU Singular environmental Singular Energy Singular infrastructure Singular agriculture Singular monetary unit Singular defense / military – Working towards
Singular foreign policy – have a ways to go.
- Fall '08
- European Union, Trade bloc, Europe, Trade Block