Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell
Since its establishment as the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951, the European Union has provided more than half a century of peace and prosperity to the continent. The people of the European Union have been guaranteed justice through strict adherence to democratic ideals and respect for human rights; economic stability through transition to a common currency, job creation, development of infrastructure, and fiscal globalization; environmental protection through rigorous membership credentials and legislative policy; and security through the formulation of a single, strong, powerful voice in world affairs. The initial members were Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. These nations were joined by Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom in 1973; Greece in 1981; Spain and Portugal in 1986; and Austria, Finland, and Sweden in 1995. The 2004 admission often nations, several of which are small ex-Soviet states, will be the largest in the Union's history and manifests that with the growth of the European Union, there is a need for less dominant states within Europe to submit to the steadily growing power.
Mock, Harold Conard III
"A Study of the Decision of the Czech Republic to Join the European Union,"
The Corinthian: Vol. 6
, Article 8.
Available at: https://kb.gcsu.edu/thecorinthian/vol6/iss1/8