The Maastricht agreement marked the first step in adding a political dimension to the EU, and transforming it from an economic venture into a political reality. An objective of the Maastricht Treaty was for the EU to “assert its identity on the international scene…through the implementation of a common foreign and security policy.” The Maastricht Treaty, a 189-page document, allowed the EU to forge common foreign and defense policies for the first time.
Mr Verhofstadt, the most outspoken proponent on the EU’s financial crisis who is calling for a United States of Europe modeled on the lines of the United States might very well see his proposals come to fruition. The EU crisis has forced the EU into a corner, without many choices if it is to survive with any strength.
One motive for European unity is to reclaim the limelight that virtually all of its member countries enjoyed during earlier periods of history. At the start of the Cold War, the US and Soviet Union became the leading world powers. Europe suffered the greatest share of the war’s destruction.
With EU leaders calling for the EU’s political and fiscal union, political union is imminent.