besides reinforcing trends that were already present)
Which trends would that be?
this means its continued existence won't make much difference one way or the other,
You must have a good reason why you think so...please explain it to me. Which other period in Europe without the existence of a union (any union) you refer to where so many decades of peace and rising prosperity blessed the Europeans? Including free movement, sharing a common market, supporting each other...the full program you know?
If you don't need a union for maintaining the peace we must have done it before, right?
I really would want to know!
But after the reunification of Germany some "Euro Fanatic Zealots" decided it would be a good idea to further expand and integrate Europe.
Would you had preferred to keep Poland out?
That was when the rot set in.They should have left it as The EEC was.
I agree, it has become so much more difficult to keep the peace between so many often so different members...doesn't mean it isn't worth it!