For nearly forty years, the member states of the European Community have pursued the intent of its founders who were "determined to lay the foundations of an ever closer union among peoples of Europe." World War II had served as an instrument of policy to solve the differences between the states of Western Europe by creating a body of law applicable to their citizens and to themselves. Six nations originally created the European Community because they perceived it as a means of obtaining a substantial degree of unification. Although progress has been plagued by the reluctance of the member states to surrender their claims of ultimate sovereignty, the EC has played a key role in facilitating economic cooperation and coordination.
Julie M. Pentico, The Political and Defensive Development of the European Community: An Examination of the Changing Role Played by the Member States, 11 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 423 (1993).