Thx to ekrem ( http://www.usmessageboard.com/israe...age-during-debate-with-peres-over-gaza-6.html ) I m making this post about the EU, because many people don't seem to understand what the EU exactly is. Since I have studied a lot about it and because I am a european I m probably able to answer a lot of your questions. And it is possible to create a debate about other Issues with the EU. The EU right now is what you could describe as a phase between a group of countries and one country. The original purpose was pure economically and to avoid another conflict over resources and raw materials (because of free trade this situation is "solved"), while it was initially not ment to be anything else this became the first step to creating some sort of governing organization that looks like a european country (EU) above a EU-member country. Some good information about the EU: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union Some recent information about the EU development: the EU is now (re)making the constitution of the EU ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_establishing_a_Constitution_for_Europe ), because of some problems in 2005 the EU member state leaders needed to adapt it so it could be accepted by the democratic countries that rejected it in a referendum (each country has to sign it individually).