October 11, 2010
As we all know, we in the EU are not all of the same nation like the USA. We have many differences in basic cultures, unlike in the USA, where cultural differences are only slight across a country that is 2.27-times larger than the EU land mass. Whereas the USA has had only one war on its lands, EU nations through nationalism and economic overtones have fought many wars over every part of the European continent.
These differences make all the difference between whether a host of nations can act as one nation as the EU constellation or not. But not until we really have a level playing field in the EU shall we have integration as if we were just one nation state. The odds are against such a constellation and that is why the EU will never be in its present form the equivalent of the USA in terms of an unbridled holistic group of one.
It is not therefore really surprising that Germany and many other nations have differing notions of what the EU should be and what it should represent. Consequently we shall always in the EU be in a state of flux with nationalistic values always rising above the best interests of a single European Union.
The values may be there but also unlike the USA, national vested interests will always override EU integration as a single state. Therefore the best that we can ever hope for is a consensus of hopefuls, but not of equals.
Dr David Hill
World Innovation Foundation Charity