As the artificial cold war era alliances of Eastern Europe splinter in favor of ethnic and regional self-determination, the nations of Western Europe continue to strive toward greater unity. The European Economic Community (EEC) is an "outgrowth of the European movement, a complex composite of political, social, and economic forces which have come to the fore in strength since World War II." In response to centuries of devastating conflict and tumultuous political upheaval, the EEC Treaty created a consensual organization of European nations in which "unity is to be achieved not by might but by an intellectual, a cultural force: law."
Allen Neely, British Resistance to European Integration: An Historical and Legal Analysis with an Examination of the United Kingdom's Recent Entry into the European Monetary System, 10 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 113 (1991).