The history of the EU.
Before the creation of the European Community the former name of the European Union the countries of Europe had hardly anything to do with one another. Long ago the countries were separated by natural barriers. Later these would often become political frontiers, which is still the case nowadays.
Robert Schumann was born at the french german border. He had suffered the consequences of two dreadful wars. Schuman thought: frontiers are no good, especially not if they contribute to making war. He thought a lot on this problem.
The ninth of May 1950 he did a proposal for a cooperating community in Western Europe. At the time six countries supported the proposal. They were The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Italy. This community was called the European community of Coal and Steel. The name was changed in 1957. This time the name European Economic Community. Later on people talked about the European Community because it was no longer about economic matters only.. In 1973 three other countries decided to joint the European Community: These were: Great Britain, Denmark and Ireland. In 1981 Greece also entered the Community and in 1986 Spain and Portugal followed the Greece example. Finally Finland Sweden and Austria joined the Union. The name has changed again. Now it is called the European Union or EU. All countries who are members of the European Union are called member states. It is clear that there is ever growing union in Europe. There are also a lot of eastern european countries who want to entre the EU so they can join the euro too.