I actually see a LOT of similarities between the Europe of today, with the _voluntary_ coalescing of the European Union, and the USA of about 220 years ago. The giving up of various pieces of sovereignty for the greater common good; the common currency (the Euro); the rapid, peacefull and voluntary expansion of the EU; the ongoing debate among the members regarding the scope and power of the central EU parlaiment; etc; all have parallels with the USA of the late 18th and early-mid 19th centuries.Dragon said:
From a US political/economic point-of-view:mendelman said:From a purely selfish point-of-view:
The EU and the acceptance of the "federalized" euro currency has ruined one of the benefits of foreign travel in Europe. The strong Euro has messed up perfectly good exchange rates; especially in Italy. When I was in Italy in 1999 (when the Lira was still the national currency), my dollar went much further than it would now that Italy has the Euro which is currently stronger than the dollar. I'm being both sarcastic and serious here.
From a global peace point-of-view:
The EU is certainly a good thing, which hopefully, in the future, will prevent the massive destruction brought in Europe over the past two centuries.