In 1950, a French businessman by the name of Jean Monnet, proposed a plan to Robert Schumann, Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the construction of a new Europe, and from which the European Union emerged. Its mission was to establish a common market through economic expansion thereby developing employment and raising the standard of living of its member States. Europe laid in ruins after the War.
The European Union was mandated to favour the peoples of Europe, united in this common mission. The Community is confronted with diverse problems, notably an inequality of exchange among its member nations. But would Monnet and Schumann ever imagine that the European Union they created would be faced with an alarming situation as the following headlines suggest?
The Big Winner in the EU Expansion: Washington
“Friedbert Pflueger, the foreign policy spokesman of the Christian Democrat grouping in the German Bundestag, said flatly that the ‘influence of the United States will be fostered by the Central and East European countries which look more to the U.S. than to Europe.'”
The Eastern Questions: Turkey and the EU
“The U.S. is pushing the EU to admit Turkey in the relatively near future. So is Britain. But France, Germany, and much of Europe are quietly but implacably opposed. The French see Turkey as another American “Trojan Horse” within the EU like the British.”
US may provoke row over GM food labelling (08/14/2001)
“America is furious at EU-wide plans to insist that all food containing one percent GM ingredients be labelled with the fact. Washington, under pressure from GM crop growers, is considering challenging the EU plans under world trade law and wants Britain to present the US case in Europe.”
The European Union was mandated to favour the peoples of Europe…
EU’s Ties with Turkey Tested (11/26/2003)