After reading a highly interesting and moderate article in the WSJ over the current state of the E.U., I wanted to know what other forum members think the main purpose of the E.U. is. Even former members of the European Commission (the E.U.'s executive agency) don't really know. To quote Jacques Delors, the former president of the Commission: What is the purpose of the E.U.? Economic stability and/or cohesion? I was living in Germany when the Euro became a public currency. Prices for normal goods increased twofold. A loaf of bread cost me twice as much as it normally would have in Deutsche Marks. Defense? Against what? Several E.U. countries refuse to take part in any type of defense force on the basis of neutrality, whereas four countries who opposed the war in Iraq (France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg) announced plans to begin to combine parts of their defense establishment into a 'European Security and Defense Union.' Others, such as Spain and Poland refuse any such defense union citing conflicts of interest with NATO.