EU to exchange police

4 12 2009

According to the BBC, EU leaders are expected to approve next week a system through which they will exchange police and judges in order to provide full cooperation in the EU’s judicial system.

I personally think this is a great idea – customs can vary from nation to nation, and it’s great to try to get as many police and judges on the same page.


Iceland: To be or not to be a member.

4 12 2009

Following a complete collapse of its economy last year, Iceland applied on July 16 to become part of the European Union. Iceland stands to gain a great deal from joining the EU, and EU leaders said that nation would be fast tracked to accession in the Union. But recent polls indicate that many of Iceland’s people don’t want to join the EU or adopt the euro. So what should Iceland do? Should the government ignore the people, and join the EU if they deem it the best option? Or should the people decide?

1. Iceland’s BBC Country Profile

Possible rise in the value of the euro soon?

3 12 2009

It’s no secret that the value of the dollar is on the decline, but what about the euro? According to a new article released by Bloomberg, we may soon see a rise in the value of the euro, after it just posted its largest gain in a month versus the yen.

See the article here!

The Euro

3 12 2009

In about a month, the euro will turn eight years old. On January 1, 2002, the European Union pulled off a major feat – seamlessly switching from various, dissimilar currencies to one common euro. According to to author T.R. Reid, in his book ‘The United States of Europe,’ “That overnight switch to the euro was not merely an historic milestone in the emergence of the United States of Europe. It was also a formidable achievement. It was by far the largest currency conversion in world history, and it went off right on schedule, without a hitch.”

Different denominations of the euro.

More on the euro:

1. The European Commission – Economic and Financial Affairs

2. The European Central Bank

Countries in the European Union

3 12 2009

Countries that are currently members of the European Union.

There are currently 27 member countries in the European Union. These countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

An overview of the European Union

12 10 2009

For my first post, I thought it would be appropriate to give an overview of the European Union and current issues facing it. I found this video, called The EU Parliament and the Treaty of Lisbon, on YouTube. The video is especially important now, after the Irish voted ‘Yes’ last week in a referendum to sign the Lisbon Treaty (the nation voted ‘no’ in June of 2008).