Greetings, Seeing as how most thread here are US centered, I thought I might initiate a discussion about the other side of the pond. How does the world feel about European integration? The last few decades have changed Europe in a lot of ways, many of which the older people most of whom experienced WWII) here could not have thought possible. I'm talking about abolishing border controls (Shengen agreement), the single currency the Euro and the fact that member nations do not hold that much power over their internal policies compared to the European institutions. I for one think that European political integration will be nescessary in the coming decades. We have wide-spread economic integration now, but I do not think we should stop there. Several of the things that I think should be realised in the coming years are : - Ratify the European constitution - Get rid of the member state veto in the European council, and go over to a majority vote - Go towards an integrated European army - Increase the power of the European parliament - More fiscal integration - A unified foreign policy I'm interested to know to what extent the people abroad are aware of what has been happening on the old continent the last few years, and how they feel about a more unified Europe.