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Faculty Mentors

Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell

Abstract

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.

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