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Is it the United States of Europe?
The European Union is often compared to the United States, and there are indeed some similarities in function and organization. The Member States of the EU have agreed to pool some of their sovereign powers for the sake of unity and promotion of shared values, just as American states did to create a federal republic. In the fields where national sovereignty has been pooled, such as trade, the EU negotiates directly with the United States and other countries on behalf of all the Member States. Twelve Member States have also joined together their monetary policy and adopted the euro as their currency.
Unlike the American states, EU Member States
The EU has many different objectives (I3):
The sustainable development of the earth
Solidarity and mutual respect among peoples
Free and fair trade
Eradication of poverty
To protect human rights…
…in particular children’s rights
Strict observance and development of international law…
…including respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter
Equality between women and men
Solidarity between generations
Economic, social and territorial cohesion
Solidarity among Member States
Cultural and linguistic diversity
The need for Europe’s cultural heritage to be safeguarded and enhanced
The EU knows
that products such as food or medical
supplies will be safe and environmentally
sound regardless of where they originate in
the EU. They know that men and women
must receive equal pay for equal work, a
requirement that reflects the EU’s pioneering role in the fight for women’s rights.
Citizens of the European Union know they
are free to live in any EU country and have
equal access to justice throughout the
Union. And most importantly, they know
that their fundamental rights, including the
freedom of thought, conscience, and
religion, are protected.
The EU has also strengthened Europe’s
voice in the world. The Union is engaged
in rebuilding lives and communities in
areas of conflict such as Afghanistan and
the former Yugoslavia.
The EU supports efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East, promotes sound environmental practices,
and contributes to global efforts to control
nuclear proliferation. Judicial, law enforcement,
and security officials cooperate
internationally to combat terrorism and
The EU and its Member States are the
largest providers of development assistance
around the world—from combating
poverty to fighting HIV/AIDS and other
communicable diseases. And the Union is
involved in other areas that support development
and reduce poverty, such as peacekeeping,
election observing, and providing
humanitarian and reconstruction aid in
the wake of natural disasters and conflict.
EU Trade Commissioner
October 2009US-European Dependence
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