May 21, 2008
The Economist Intelligence Unit has compiled a ranking of the peacefulness of countries, measuring both domestic and international violence. The results are very favorable for the EU. How do you interpret this?
First of all, the European Union was designed to create stable peace in a continent that had gone through the worst wars of mankind, through a millennium. I think this map shows that the EU has perfectly served its goal. The EU is also one of the wealthiest regions of the world, and the idea that economic unity and prosperity leads to a stable peace is hard to refute.
Secondly, it is visible, that the countries outside the EU are more violent. Does it mean that the EU has reached its natural boundary? I do not think so. Have they plotted this map 65 years ago, the EU would look the worst in the world. I think that those countries which were given the possibility to join the EU and were given time to adopt its aquis turned more wealthy and peaceful. Those countries that are not included in the integration are exposed to economic and territorial rivalry.
I think the EU is a very well designed polity, and the process that leads to membership, from the Copenhagen criteria of democracy to the Maastricht criteria of economic responsibility has a good impact on the candidate countries. The balance of power between the EU, the nation state and the regions have led to a stable economic and social equilibrium.
I hope that people have many readings of this map. I think that this should reassure the people of Switzerland and Norway that this is a good club. (This two countries would make a particularly good enlargement round!) I feel that it is our responsibility to help Bulgaria. I also believe that the perspective of peaceful living should be lucrative enough for the people of Serbia, too.
I think non-European readers should also give federalism a second thought. The analysis is the particular data is also very interesting with the United States of America.Author : Dániel Antal