I actually had a thread about what the EU is becoming here - www.abovetopsecret.com...
When each country joined the EU, it was pretty much an unwritten agreement that they would eventually become a part of the EU country so most
politicians will not disagree with EU policy as most see it as the greater good and the unstoppable evolution of the European continent.
Pretty soon the EU will have a constitution (Lisbon treaty), a foreign office and a president to go along with its common currency, common market and
economy, army, flag, anthem, freedom of movement and employment policy, central bank, elected parliament, 500 million people etc etc..
So in a bureaucratic and political sense, it will be a country as soon as the Irish pass the Lisbon treaty and everyone ratifies it. But it will take
another 20-30 years before people from member states will start viewing themselves as Europeans and not Irish, English, French etc.
Also the plan for the 2.2 million high tech soldier EU army to be created by 2030/40 means that the EU will be a pretty serious force for the west..
but not for another 20 years. This should not be worrying for the US or any other western country as pretty soon it will be West vs BRIC with a common
economic policy between all western countries.
While I am both for and against many aspects of the EU, I cant help but be marveled at the overall scope of the project and how quickly and fluidly it
is progressing. I don't mind being a part of a larger power as long as it doesn't take too much sovereignty from my own country.. even though at the
moment the EU makes 50% of our laws.. after the Lisbon treaty is passed, that will begin to look more like 75% pretty soon.
Also, when people begin to give out about how many big things regarding progression in the EU are done behind closed doors, the only non bias answer I
can give is that big things like this, similar to the creation of the USA back in the day, are never created through democratic means.. Usually these
kinds of empires are created through war. The fact that the EU politicians are capable of creating this through these means while converting the whole
thing to a democratic country with a free market economy based on socially democratic capitalism.
Its unstoppable, hopefully it won't be crippled with corruption.
[edit on 22/8/09 by Dermo]