At the end of World War 2 Europe was left in ruins. This alliance
was formed initially as a means to rebuild the war torn continent.
It was conceived by Winston Churchill to be kind of a " United
States of Europe." He advocated and fostered the growth
of this United Europe movement. Many people joined and soon the
European Union was formed.
Its first major accomplishments was the managing and handling of
the aid money and reconstruction assistance provided by the Marshall
Plan. Through the EU Europe was rebuilt and new strong economic and
political ties were formed during this period.
Throughout time the EU has grown and now serves as a major
economic force in Europe. Special benefits are given to European
countries in the EU and in return they agree to abide by the many
treaties and regulations that the EU has for its member states. This
in effect encourages countries to behave according to International
Law and respect Human Rights to get the benefits of the economic
security provided by the European Union.
This strategy has worked so far, and as proof of this many
European countries have switched their currency to the Euro, a new
multinational European currency endorsed by the EU.