Duquesne Law Review


In four decades, western Europe has, by the force of economics, not "blood and iron," united along economic, social and political venues. The western European marketplaces emerging from the devastation of World War II began to integrate with the concomitant benefit of a standard of economic well-being theretofore unknown. The unifying theme underlying the cooperation of the nations of western Europe in the European Economic Community has been that economic union quite necessarily leads to political union and both work in unison to preserve peace. This is the first of two articles on the European Union. The purpose of this article is to help educate the reader generally about the historical development and the law of the European Union, including its sources of law and its institutions.

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