Hello to all our friends in Europe. I was reading National Geographic the other day and was quite intrigued with a story about the EU. All in all it seems like it's coming along. The negative aspect of the story was how painful the process is going to be to get former Soviet bloc countries up to speed economically with the already established Western European countries. But the future looks bright considering what huge markets these will be and already are. The article touched on how enterprising some people already are in those countries. Ah, profiteering seems to be such an innate human trait. So I was wondering how do you all feel about this? Is the EU everything it's promising to be? Or is it just a 'castle in the sky'?