The Shared Notion of the Importance of Democracy Human Rights and Collaboration Can Explain European Integration

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The increasingly dominant role of American forces in NATO, United Nations, and other world organizations has considerably reduced the role of Europe in the world politics.
The recent years have also seen that Europe has failed to effectively combat the adverse impact of globalization on the local population that is hit hard by the growing immigrant population. Indeed, the need for integration of Europe so as to promote a joint front with common goals has become the need of the hour. The paper would be discussing the integration of European nations as a result of a shared notion of the importance of democracy, human rights and collaboration.
For centuries Europe had remained one of the most powerful conglomerations of nations that had dominated other countries. But the successive World Wars had seen fragmentation of nations and domination of America. The WWI was all about power and territorial gain and had involved almost all the political powers of the world (Showalter, 1996). But WWII was primarily about the political realignment of nations with the two superpowers. The post-WWII period has been witness to the powerful realignment of nations where USSR and America emerged as the superpowers of the world. The survival and effectiveness of Europe as a global power with significant role had become a serious concern. Thus, the need to focus on the integration of European countries to counter the growing influence of American hegemony became of the most important element of integration.
The Balkan region or major part of Eastern and central Europe was greatly influenced by the communist Russians whose economic dependency played a vital role in their political alignment. During and after WWII, under the influence of USSR, Balkan region consolidated into strong communist states to counter the Allied forces led by America, Britain, and France.