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500 years ago the European age began Portuguese seafarers swept Europe out of the medieval age and boldly helped Europe to grow During the European age constant wars were fought among the many nations that made up Europe By 1945 Europe had all but destroyed itself With the end of the 20th century Europe has been given a historic opportunity a united Europe it is a chance at new life a miracle as some consider it On January 1 1999 champagne corks popped fireworks lit up the skies and the peoples in Europe were happy What is important about this date January 1 1999 marked the launching of the new single currency for the European Union the euro Many see this as a giant step towards Europes long quest for unity The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf hailed the launch of the euro as the crown upon European unification After many decades of dreams diplomacy and delays European unity seemed closer than ever However as you shall see the European Union will not benefit Europe rather it will serve as a detrimentIn order to decide whether the EU will serve to benefit Europe or hurt it we need to consider the history behind Europe In 1993 the European Union was started Across all of Europe it was hailed as a new opportunity for peace something that could not be rejected The EU began with five countries who signed a pact to unite and grow stronger Now in the year 2000 the European Union has grown to some 15 member countries joined together for a common cause Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Italy Luxembourg the Netherlands Portugal Spain Sweden and the United Kingdom These countries have at great expense decided to make the change from individual countries to a united group of people The rules and requirements are strict or else many more countries would have already joined As it is there are many
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