With the Treaty of Maastricht in 1993, a new European identity was born. The E.U. was based on the principles of supranationalism which superseded national interests for the common-good of all the nations involved in that big project.
The small steps of a big giant.
When I'm comparing the, "EU" to the big players of the world's economical powers, I see it as a big giant which is moving with small steps toward an unlikely direction, "the complete process of unification" put in motion by the unavoidable needs for peace and prosperity in the old continent.
Indeed, right now I compare the European Union's progress steps more of a dwarf's steps, rather than a giant's steps.
The reason of it?
The reason of it is, because this process has being continuously foiled by the nationalisms of the single states.
Not that I am totally against "some" nationalism inside a single European nation, but I believe some dosage of it can be good in maintaining the uniqueness and richness of any single European identity as individual European cultures.
Of course, all these different European cultures (in my personal opinion, and I believe many of you will agree on this one) can't and should not be amalgamate completely as a single unity, but keep its variation of identities inside an European's soul.
Can you imagine, an Europe without a French, English, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, and so on cultures to be completely superseded by a generic European culture? Gee, that would be a monstrous outcome for sure.
The EU can never be the United States of America, the Russian Federation, China, or any other supersized nation while competing in the world economy and having in the same time, some decisively influence on the world's stage politics, because of its make ups. But if it wants too, the EU has not other alternatives then to subsequently remove a big chunk of nationalism from inside any single European member nation, if it wants to keep advancing as an united force, in the only direction which will allow it to survive and prosper in this competitive world.
The European Coal and Steel Community.
The EU traces its origins to the European Coal and Steel Community formed among six countries in 1951 and the Treaty of Rome in 1957.
The European Community (EC) is one of the three pillars of the European Union (EU) created under the Maastricht Treaty (1992). It is based upon the principle of supranationalism and has its origins in the European Economic Community, the predecessor of the European Union.
more on: European Community.
and: European Coal and Steel Community.
Now, there are so many factors that are tampering within the scope of this large project born from the ashes of the old EEC, ECSC and EAEC.
EU a quasi-State, still in the making.
The unification of so many different European's identities was hard from the very start, and that's why it started with the speed of "the small steps". To maintain and solidify a project of this magnitude, the European Union needed a new parliament which was able to emanate unifying European's laws inside a new European configuration, and hence to grow and get stronger industrially and politically, in favor of a new and futuristic world's scenario.
Thereafter, from all the above efforts a new EU (Europe United) was born.
Unfortunately, that's wasn't the end of it. Today, the European Union still lacks of unity in international, or national matters. And thus, it 's deceiving itself on illusional dreams of being (economically and politically) a great player in the world's arena, but it isn't!
Many things can be blamed for the lack of the EU to reach a paramount status. One of these many things to be blamed for, was though to be the many languages spoken in the old continent
I remember in my old school days, there were talks about how hard was for a future United States of Europe, to overcome the barrier of an unsurmountable obstacle, such as the many languages spoken in it.
To surpass the obstacle of the many languages spoken in Europe, there were talks about one possible solution, and it was the, "Esperanto". The Esperanto as an unifying language tool. If I'm not mistaken, back those days the Esperanto was a novelty.
Nowadays, I haven't heard anyone mentioning it anymore. What a pity.
Anyway, the unification speed by itself can be blamed. All the EU attempts of a real economical and political unifications are being slowed down by Europe's, "prima donna" such as French, and England (just to name a few) which are trying very hard to have their saying in the making of the political decisions, and therefore maintaining some sort of status as big players (even though they are not anymore) in Europe and in the world, because of their great histories in the, "all but gone past".
The egocentric behaviors of these nations are only shutting down Europe's future, not helping it!!! That's the sad truth.
To reverse this trend dictated by nationalisms and self-interests, Europe needs a new consciousness. It needs stronger laws and new political ideas which are emanated by a convincing European parliament, and ultimately the whole renewed process to be completely perceived and absorbed by all the member states.
That's it! What Europe needs is, a new identifying movement through an European parliament which has real powers to make in the EU's politics and economics real changes too on the behalf of the entire Union, if really wants it to overcome the disunity coming from some European nations.
In truth, today the European Union isn't a de facto federation, or a confederation but has been viewed by many as a federal system. The complexity involved in moving it toward a further European integration, meant to compromise national sovereignties, and for many squabbling Eurosceptics it was and it still is, very hard to digest. In the present days, a United States of Europe is a dream too farfetched, and possibly it will remain for some time to come just that, a dream.
more on: Federal Europe.
As conclusion I wanted to say: Europe divided will irreparably sink to the bottom of an agitated sea, but as an unified force it will temper unseeing storms on its horizons.
Not that I am, but sometime i feel to be a sort of representative of the European continent in America. Even though, I've being living in the United State of America for well over twenty years, I feel as a part of me is still living in "Euroland" (I don't know who came out with this, "Euroland" terminology but I like it. It sounds like the American theme park, Disneyland).
And that's why when I'm ranting in my blog, I talk more of the European Union and its problematic situation due to its unification, but I promise in my future postings in addition, I will give more space for my American's rantings.