The EU can’t be considered a nation because it doesn’t ensure the free movement of goods and people within its borders.
This post is occasioned by a conversation with an Italian friend last week. He asked “Now we are 400 million people and the dollar has fallen so low against the Euro, won’t the EU take over as top nation”.
“No chance,” I replied. “The EU isn’t a nation.”
“It can’t even standardize power outlets.”
He conceded the point, because it’s common knowledge Europeans can’t move their stuff from (say) London to Rome anything like as easily as as Americans can from (say) Washington to Atlanta. And free movement of goods and people are what make a nation.
Europeans use different power outlets, and their supply voltage can be anything between 220 and 240 (in the Southern EU, it ranges between 0 and 240, depending on the time of day, weather, etc). Still, they all claim to supply at 50 Hz.
And each European nation has its own phone jack, usually insanely overengineered.
I comforted my friend by pointing out that the EU’s uselessness left Italians free to manage their garbage disposal in the most efficient way – through the Mafia.