“The European Union is like “marriage”. And I say “marriage” in the sense of mediaevel times, since the European Union does not have anything to do with love. Marriage then was about surviving. The European Union is much like that – it came about for that very same reason: “I am better off with you, than trying to get along without you.”
Willem Noe (DG Enlargement) gave this presentation at the a”thinkeurope” youth conference. This presentation is probably one of the best I have ever heard on a subject that usually is not making people erupt with joy – The European Union. This talk is 2 1/2 hours long… the fact, that 90 young adults sat through the presentation listening carefully speaks for itself and should encourage you to do the same thing.
Willem Noe touches upon the following issues: The EU is not Brussels, European Identity, European Fear (Becoming a “Euro Sausage”), The Financial Crisis, The deepness of European thought, Why the European Union is psychological, UPO (Unidentified Political Object)
I strongly reccomend you take these 2 1/2 hours to get some really unique insights into the subject (I included Willem Noes PPT presentation via slideshare).