The Origin of the European Union

The Origin of The European Union



  At the end of World War II, Europe was more damaged than any other place in the world. In fact, Europe suffered dramatically from the horrors of the War. The reconstruction of Europe started with the idea that such a horror could never happen again (Smith 5). Europe was devastated and had to start a great project for reconstruction. Through the hard work of the founding fathers led by Frenchman Robert Schuman, Europe was able to stand up and step by step build the European Union that we know today. It has not been easy, but Europeans, with a lot of will and heart created something great and something strong; the European Union.
    Following World War II, the Cold War between The United States and USSR emerged. The Cold War is a continuity of competition between the two superpowers. “The Cold War got its name because both sides were afraid of fighting each other directly. In such a "hot war," nuclear weapons might destroy everything”( The Cold War and the reconstruction of Europe are in relation because of the fact that the United States did not want the   Soviet Union to take control over Europe. Therefore, The US and Western Europe signed in April 1949 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.   As Black mentions in his book, “twentieth Century Europe”, “Churchill expressed the view in 1948 that ‘the atom bomb alone stands between Europe today and complete subjugation to Communist tyranny’. It is by no means certain the Soviet union was planning a formal invasion of Western Europe…It is in this atmosphere that the NATO was created” (Black 748). The creation of the NATO is an important step in the reconstruction of Europe; it made Europe military stronger. This treaty also known as the Western Union is “committed to the principle that an attack against on or several...