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Regional Trade Agreements in Europe Replies

RegionalTrade Agreements in Europe Replies

Reply1: The European Union (EU) and the Christian Democratic UnionContributions

Strength

Thereason for the formation of the union gets highlighted as “theEuropean Union got founded with the aim of fostering social,political and economic benefits between the member states”(Lynch,2010).

Thepaper draws the advantages of the formation in the past by saying &quotAtthe beginning of the Union, there were real socio-economic benefitsbetween the member states until the year 2007 when the recession hitboth the US and the European economies.However,since the year 20010 to date, the European Union economy hasstabilized and is more buoyant” (Lynch,2010).

Thecurrent status of the union is also described by the note “Thecurrent economic turbulence is rocking the Union, and some membersare thinking of withdrawing from the union. The other issues at handin the European Union is the need to formulate a general budget thatwill bar debt accumulation among the members&quot(Mazurek 2013, p. 8).Thelast statement deals with the economic future of the EU.

Therole of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the EU has alsoreceived emphasis as &quotIt helped in eliminating friction andpolitical tensions among the European states, it has enabled thedevelopment of a European army, and also fostered the economiccompetitiveness among the European nations” (Mazurek,2013).

Weakness

Thepaper indicates the reasons for the formation of the EU as “forsocial,political and economic benefits between the member states.&quotHowever, the year it got formed as well as the circumstances thatsurrounded that period of its formation are not indicated.Furthermore, it is notable that the reasons highlighted for theformation of the Union are vague. The social, economic and thepolitical factors receive mentioning, but none of them gothighlighted.

Thepaper does not highlight any timelines about the EU and the CDU.Furthermore, it only underlines the role of CDU in EU formation anddoes not mention the NATO and the German NAZI policies in EUstructure.

Reply2

Strength

Thepaper highlights the circumstances around the formation of theEuropean Union citing the end of the world war, the need to resurrectthe European economies that had collapsed during the war as well asindustries, and also to foster the healing of continent. The paperalso highlights the number of nations in the league 28 and recognizethe conflicts such the cold war which has rocked the countries in thepast (EU, 2016).

Thepaper also recognizes the development of the union from theestablishment of the monetary union in 1979 and the 1991 treaty thatoutlined the timeline for integration to a single currency that cameinto effect in 1999 (EU, 2016).

Thepaper highlights the current status of the Union as “won the year2002 Nobel Peace price, for fostering peace, democracy, human rightsand economic development (EU, 2016).

CDUgets depicted as the founders of peace and the mastermind of theformation of the European Union. The CDU, unlike the NAZI, used theChristian perspective and understanding of God in the formulation oftheir policies. Furthermore, the CDU gets depicted as the owner ofthe ideas that led to the formation of NATO and the EU (CDU, 2016 &ampEU, 2016).

Weakness

Thesecond reply has the strongest points about the formulation,development and the current status of the EU as well as the role ofthe CDU in the process. The only weakness seen in the paper is on howthe CDU policies received usage in the formation of NATO and EU, thatis, it does not highlight the policies and the Christian perceptions.

References

Lynch,D. (2010). Trade and Globalization: an introduction to the regionaltrade. Maryland: McGraw-Hill

Mazurek,J. (2013). Examination of the European Union economic cohesion: acluster analysis approach.&nbspBusinessand Economic Horizons,&nbsp9(4),8+. Retrievedfrom&nbsphttp://p2048-ezproxy.liberty.edu.ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/ps/i.do?p=AONE&ampsw=w&ampu=vic_liberty&ampv=2.1&ampit=r&ampid=GALE%7CA466052739&ampasid=3f0c228f64fd08c4ec18b3a9759bec60

CDU.(2016).&nbspOverviewof CDU.&nbspThe Christian Democratic Union.&nbsp Retrieved from:https://www.cdu.de/artikel/overview

EU.(2016).&nbspEUin Brief.&nbspTheEuropean Union online.&nbsp Retrieved from:https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/eu-in-brief_en