posted on Feb, 7 2009 @ 05:50 AM
The EU is a series of treaties that stemmed from peace and trade treaties after WW2.
It started with 6 nations and now contains 27 (500million), has over 30% of the worlds GDP and may soon expand to Turkey, the Ukraine and the Balkans
which would expand the population and GDP exponentially.
It is mainly freedom of trade and movement between nation states, most countries have opened their borders to other EU members and their populations
so EU members can live in almost any EU country.
Half of the countries officially use the EURO currency although many others use it alongside their official currency's.
There is a defense pact of sorts, a number of battlegroups, a rapid response force, EUFOR and the NATO members. The EU was started for trade and
prosperity so a number of the members are against setting up a large scale EU defense/attack force - im sure you can see why.. look at the last 2000
years of European history.
When the Lisbon treaty comes into play, the EU will have access to approx 2.2million high tech soldiers and equipment as well as an extreme large
military budget, its possible that only a tiny amount of this will be utilized in the next two decades unless it is really called upon.
As it stands, if Russia amassed along Germany's border, it would have had to destroy Poland first, by that point, there would be quite a fight
involving EUFOR, Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Italy and a number of smaller forces...... and also the remaining NATO members.
The Lisbon treaty is a sort of EU constitution that was proposed a number of years ago and subsequently shot down by Ireland in a public referendum.
This treaty would strengthen the EU in almost every way, making it quicker to make decisions, giving it a foreign minister and policy, giving it more
access to military power and giving the ability to dissolve the sovereignty of its member states to create an EU super state. It would also make the
enlargement process easier and quicker.
The Lisbon treaty will more than likely be coming into effect next year after a second referendum in Ireland follows a number of changes to the
So, at the moment, its is an economic conglomerate of mostly wealthy nations, its main power is economic clout. In 5/10 years time, its likely that it
could be a single state with local nation governments & huge economic and military clout.