In the midst of the financial crisis in Europe there has been talk about the end of the EU (some fearing it and some calling for it). I find this premature, I even find the end of the Eurozone premature. I find it rather hysterical. But it makes me wonder, for those who entertain the end of the European Union, what future to they see for Europe instead?
There are perks to being a small, inward looking country that focus on maintaining a high standard of living, but there are disadvantages, too. I a country cannot assert itself on the world stage, then the conditions that allow for its standards of living are vulnerable, basically being out of the country's hands. This is what every European country has to look forward to without the EU. Let's say that the 3 most powerful members of the EU are Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Germany's GDP is smaller than India's, and France and the UK have a GDP smaller than Brazil. India and Brazil are still just rookies, looking forward to development of technology an infrastructure, while Germany, France, and the UK have essentially plateaued. This of course means that China is leagues ahead of any of those European countries.
As a consolidated body (let's imagine more so than it has heretofore been) the EU holds its own in the same tier as the USA and China. As individual countries, every single member can basically look forward to global irrelevance.
I just don't see how the end of the EU can even be considered as an alternative. For the British in particular, I have warning. Reject the EU, and you get to be a protectorate of the USA.