European Union & Supranationalism

The European Union is an economic and political union started by six countries in 1950 and now up to 27 different countries. Supranationalism is a voluntary association in economic, political, or cultural spheres of three or more independent states willing to yield some measure of sovereignty for their mutual benefits. (Regions pg. 56) These are two major modern transformations for Europe, which link up with each other because of their purpose to help Europe. Both have similar roles but are different movements however they are equally important towards the European organizations success.

Supranationalism is basically an association that is based on economy and politics that is formed by three or more states; therefore it mainly describes the European Union. The European Union is a recovery program designed to build up the locations and economy of the states that were affected by the Second World War. The U. S. provided some assistance to Europe, which is an example of voluntary help and benefits in Supranationlism. Therefore the European Union is an example of Supranationalism. (Realm pg. 56)

The Role and purpose of the European Union is to do more than stimulate the economy, it was more for the idea to form a joint economic-administrative structure not only to coordinate the financial assistance but also to ease the flow of recourses and products across Europe’s mosaic boundaries to lower restrictive tariff, and seek ways to improve political cooperation. Also the ideas of the European Union were to unify the states in Europe by making one dominate currency to compete and establish a joint counterweight with the powerful United States Dollar.

Another purpose to why the European Union was established was to invest in new infrastructure and to smooth the flows of money, labor and products. This will dramatically reduce the divisive effects of their national boundaries. The E. U. ’s plans were to acknowledge greater demands for freedom of action by their provinces, states, departments, and other administrative units of their countries; resulting in European leaders to unleash a wave of economic energy that would transform some of the units into powerful engines of growth. (Realms pg. 57,61,62) The European Union was very successful and it is proven because of the many results.

All the plans for greater demands for freedom eventually triggered four growth centers. One of the growth centers was Rhone Alpes Region in southeastern France, the second was Lombardy in north central Italy, the third was Catalonia in northeastern Spain, and the last one was Baden-Wiirttemberg in southwestern Germany. The work of the growth centers is to foster their local economies and in the process, strengthen their political position relative to the state. Also in the documentary we saw in class we saw the rise and fall of the Soviet Union that the European Union played a part of which was a success.

In that video we also saw one of the major events in history the Fall of the Berlin Wall which represented freedom and the end of an empire. Supranationalism played a major part in the independence of many European countries, which backs up the idea that the European Union is an example of Supranationalism. The roles and purposes of the E. U. are maybe too many to list but they are all equally as important. The success of the E. U. is demonstrated by all the events that occur and all the events that are occurring as we speak. Work cited De Blij Muller. Geography: Realms, Regions, and Concepts. Hoboken, NJ. John Wiley & Sons Inc.