Essex Resident Jerry Wilson To Speak At The Library May 18th

April 25, 2008


The Story Behind Peace in Europe and the Euro

“There is one international body that is not as well known as it should be,” says Jerome Wilson, a member of the Southeast Connecticut Committee on Foreign Relations, “and that is the European Union.” Wilson will introduce what he terms “this remarkable world body ” at a program at the Essex Library on Sunday, May 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Wilson will note the sheer immensity of the European Union, which is far larger in size and economic output than our own United States. The 27-member nation body extends from Ireland in the west to Romania in the east, from Finland in the north to Italy in the south. Members of the group include Europe’s major powers, Germany, France and Britain, and smaller countries, Malta and Slovenia.

The major accomplishment of the European Union, according to Wilson, is that for over half a century there has been peace among Europe’s major powers. “No more World Wars, which we were dragged into, no more saturation bombings of German and English cities, no more millions and millions killed, no more death camps, no more atrocities …”

In addition to being a peaceable union, the European Union has set up a single, free market for European goods, services, capital and labor. Internal border controls and tariffs have been eliminated.

Then there’s the euro. In less than ten years, the euro has become a major world currency. To make way for the euro, the French franc, the Italian lira, the Spanish peseta, the Greek drachma and the German mark are no more, although Britain has stuck with the pound.

Jerry Wilson has written a number of op-ed pieces on the European Union and recently appeared on WNPR’s Faith Middleton Show on the same topic.