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The EU & The US

Europe, on the other hand, is not forming a union in order to break away from a government that rules it and oppresses it. To be sure, some would argue that the United States of America, being a super power, does have an inordinate amount of power over Europe and that, at least in part, it is U.S. pressure and power from which Europe wants to break away (Kagan, 2003). Still, it takes quite a stretch to compare U.S. pressure on diverse countries of Europe (many of them with relatively pro-US feelings) to that exerted by a Monarchy that ruled its colonies with an iron fist over 200 years prior.

An additional intent of the EU is to avoid war among its member nations (Kagan, 2003). In this regard, Europe has a history of terrible wars and this also affects its willingness to form an overarching union. The unity that the EU will confer on member nations can do much to allow Europe to become a major world power, with an economy that can compete with the U.S. economy. (Kagan, 2003). But the unity not only confers power, it also helps to avoid differences, conflict and turmoil that could set member nations against one another and once again lead to war.

Regarding organization, both the United States and the EU organize themselves using overarching principles. Once again, a large element of the organizational make-up of the United States is to maintain freedom through governing bod


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