Whats in a Name

As an American citizen one is identified by a name, a social security number, a driver's license number, and perhaps even a birthday.However, there is something else much more important in defining the individual; culture.The beliefs, customs, rituals, and even surroundings of each culture is unique and serves as a very defining aspect to any individual, even in America's great melting pot society.Bit by bit this uniqueness is being stripped away from Central and Eastern European cultures for the sake of efficiency.The project "EMU", an attempt for the unification of Europe, has served in, like taking away a person's name, stripping entire cultures of a key ingredient of their identification.
To begin, a brief history of project "EMU" and the Euro is needed.Beginning in 1870 to 1945 Europe was the battlegrounds for countless wars and upset.Eventually the governments realized that this needed to stop, and perhaps the only way to obtain peace throughout the countries would be to unite them economically, and politically.In 1950 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman purposed and created the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC).This organization started with six members, Belgium, West Germany, Luxembourg, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.As this organization proved to be quite successful others were made; European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM), and European Economic Community (EEC).From this point on there was a single European Parliament and Council of Ministers that served in uniting these European countries both politically and agriculturally.(Europa 2 "European Monetary System" 1)
This turned out to be a very successful union, as eventually a single market was formed.Moving between countries in Europe was getting increasingly easier.More countries began to join including; Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Finland,…


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