It was the end of the Second World War. The soldiers returned to their hometowns just to find their houses bombed and their families missing. That is what happened to millions of people back in 1945. In that moment all those people, stuck in the middle of nowhere needed to go hand in hand and stand up together to recover their societies, economies and general stability which had been destroyed for years. And they finally did after a single decade.
The creation of the European Union helped to spread peace all over the continent for 60 years (aside the Balkan war). The EU was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 for promoting peace all over the world.
From an economic point of view, the EU with only 7.3% of the world’s population, still produces 23% of the global GDP. Removed trade barriers increased commercial activities by 30%. A Single market for whole Europe produced additional 5,700€ income per household each year. Since 1992 the European Union attracted €136 Billion in incoming investments. Now the member states are among the highest ranked countries in the Human Development Index.
A more flexible economy was established by the free movement of labor and capital that actually helped countries to close their shortage in certain areas. 1.5 million youngsters finished their studies relating to Erasmus Program. By establishing the same safety standards and rulesSMEs took advantage of reduced costs. 15 Million people moved to other member states to work, to study and to continue their lives. Nowadays the European countries attract millions because of their culture, architecture and art.
The space for monopoly, cartel, and dominant market power has been narrowed and the interest of consumers is protected, so that they are not obliged to pay tariffs or any duties while shopping in other member states. Now take a look at the countries that are in need of help like Europe was decades ago. Observe the world you are living in. Are you still uncertain that unity will save the world?
“Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!”
Final speech from The Great Dictator