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POL 423 Research Paper

POL 423 Research Paper - Great Britains Military...

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Great Britain’s Military Contribution to the European Union: Past, Present, and Future POL 423 Dr . Mason Nathan Hoch 1 There is one country in the European Union that has really set itself apart from the rest of the continent . That country is Great Britain . England has always considered it more closely allied with the United States rather than any other major European county , this with a rather unique history of actually becoming a member of the E . U . has made Great Britain’s role in E . U . matters very interesting . However , there is one issue that Great Britain has lead the way in and has been the force behind this area , that is the role Great Britain has played with the military and Foreign Security issues in the E . U . Great Britain has used their dominance in this area as a major bargaining chip in the E . U ., but before and in depth look into that topic ensues , a brief
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look at the history of Great Britain and the E . U . and how Britain achieved the position they are in today . World War II was an absolutely devastating war for everyone in Europe , a family could not be found that wasn’t affected by the war . This led many to see the need for a united Europe for the peace and stability of Europe and the world as a whole . 1 One of the very first major political figures to discuss this issue was Britain’s own Winston Churchill , and he said this “There is a remedy which ... would in a few years make all Europe ... free and ... happy . It is to re-create the European family , or as much of it as we can , and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace , in safety and in freedom . We must build a kind of United States of Europe . 2 As it turned out Great Britain was not ready to be a leader , nor even a follower , in uniting Europe . The shock and chaos of World War II sent the United Kingdom back 2 into a largely isolationist foreign policy , and did not want to get entangled in the matters of Europe anymore . This did not last long however , the United Kingdom saw the tremendous success the member states of the European Community were having and decided it wanted to be part of this community . There was just one person in the way of the United Kingdom becoming a member , and that was Charles De Gaulle . De Gaulle vetoed Great Britain’s entrance into the European Union and for a decade they were not able to join , but eventually did so . Although Great Britain did not formally join the European Union until 1973 , the speech given by Churchill was often seen as a major driving force for European integration .
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