People dressed for the cold weather pass by flags tied to railings outside parliament in London, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Credit: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
*This piece was originally published on January 25th, 2019*
The vision of a united Europe was born out of the ashes of the Second World War. Early supporters included former British prime minister Winston Churchill, who was to champion the idea of a “United States of Europe.”
The European Union is now a vast political and economic union ofand, with more than 500 million people, its combined population is after China and India.
But the European Union did not begin as a large political project – rather as a series of small steps in an American effort to promote postwar security, according to, professor of international economics at Brown University.
As politicians in Britain struggle with the details of their country’s divorce from the European Union, two and a half years after the, , U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times, and Blyth discuss the forces uniting Europe and the many issues threatening to tear it apart.
- European integration did not begin as a large political project, but rather as a series of small steps in an American-led effort to promote postwar security, according to Mark Blyth.
- The European project started with the creation back in 1951 of the , an organization .
- Neither Gillian Tett or Mark Blyth have lost hope in the European project even though they say “the system has taken a good beating,” in the last 10 years and is in need of urgent reform.
- According to journalist and author Claire Berlinski, “ .” A new Europe was designed, in part, by U.S. statesmen after World War II.
- Read to former British prime minister, Winston Churchill’s , Switzerland, in which he was to champion the idea of a “United States of Europe.”
- Learn more about President Harry Truman’s against Winston Churchill.
- Still confused about why Britain is leaving the EU? Here’s from the BBC.