Southern UK, France, Germany, Italy have these resources now: power players -EU turned into free trade zone, & now is like the US: US of Europe o Would be more economically powerful o Able to compete in the world o Individually they can do very little to compete h EU can compete w/ us & world & now w/ India & China o Free movement of people within states of EU o Don’t have to show passport h Difference b/w EU & other major economic powers: free movement of people h Turkey wants in the EU, but b/c they are Muslim, Europeans are hesitant b/c EU=CU (Christian Union) ---------- NEWS • Operation Swarmer=biggest air strike in Iraq • Condoleezza Rice saying “China is trouble” to Australia and Japan (our lap dogs in the Pacific) o Australia and Japan=platform of US policy in Pacific Western Europe=rich, capitalist, democracy Eastern Europe=region in transition (from Russian and now more like Western Europe) *European Union (EU) • Started as coal and steel coalition to organize movements of materials after WWII • United States of Europe • *Unique because of the free movement of people • 10 new states joined EU in 2004 Eastern Europe (poorer nations, but economies growing fast) Continental Divide • UK vs. the continentals vs. the east? o UK more aligned with US than EU • Internal power struggle?—different agendas • “Old Europe” vs. “New Europe” -Not everyone in Europe loves the EU some people think it’s horrible because they’re losing their culture **France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg=original 6 in the EU **France and Germany did not support US invasion of Iraq • Donald Rumsfeld called the Old Europe the countries that disagree with US foreign policy • New Europe=eastern European countries • *Spain rejoined Old Europe Future of Western Europe? People Problems: • Money in center, poorer countries=further away from center • *External—countries so close; US far away so we can afford to piss off people • People migrating—need it because jobs and because population going down • Closer to other regions • Immigration • Aging problems Political World Role: • French and Germans siding with US against Iran to help stop them and their missels Eastern Europe being incorporated into EU EASTERN EUROPE • Different physical features continentality • Not world colonizing power like many western European countries • Cross roads of culture Christians and Muslims • Slight case of historical devolution o Ottoman, Austrian, Prussian, Russian Empires in 1815 WWI=Ottoman broke up to 6-7 states End of WWI=lots more states End of WWII=Germany split 1997 (present)=lots and lots Yugoslavia split to 5; Czechoslovakia split to 2; USSR split to 15 • Eastern Europe has a lot of changing borders CONFLICT -Main reason for killing? ethnic/cultural differences ethnic, religious, language, nationalism BOYER’S THEORY When you have minority population in the majority, minority will (1.) be discriminated against and (2.) will claim they are being discriminated against… ALWAYS !!
- Fall '08
- European Union