European Union and Globalization
Produced by Ron Lehavi, Francis Polytechnic High School, 2000
Published: Thursday, April 28, 2005
The students will debate by using guidelines to entry into the EU which nations in Europe should be accepted into the EU. The students will propose guidelines that will be applicable to the American situation and devise guidelines for entry into NAFTA as a way to expand NAFTA.
Introduction: teacher will explain what the European Union is and when it was created. The purpose of the EU was to integrate Europe economically and politically. Present economic statistics to show how the European economy has integrated in the last 30 years. In addition, the teacher will present documents about the structure of the European unions governing body. The teacher will explain how the European Union affected the foreign and domestic policy of European nations in the past decade.
The students will examine how the European Union has improved the economy of Portugal and how that effort affected political and economic policy in the richer European nations such as Germany and the Netherlands. The students will examine the cases of Turkey and Romania and propose a plan whether the Union can sustain an effort to integrate these new countries into the Union.
The students will look at the guidelines to entry into the EU and make a list of which European nations are ready to be invited to the EU and which need to improve their internal economic and political situation. The teacher will provide the guidelines to entry into the EU.
The teacher will explain the concept of political culture and explain that there are some intangible cultural issues that are not reflected in economic statistics and GNP that can affect the readiness of countries to a cultural union. The entry into a union requires adjustment by the common people as to their attitude towards minorities, immigrants and other democratic values. The students will discuss whether Austria should be allowed to remain in the union given its radically different political culture than that of other nations. Will Poland have to change its laws on abortions in order to be fully integrated into the EU?
The students will devise a plan to expand NAFTA and to deepen the political, economic and cultural integration of the Americas. The students will develop entry requirement that will take into account the economic and social goals that must be achieved before such integration can take place. The entry requirements for NAFTA will include intangible issues such as political culture and education.