Forgive the sheer pro-european-ness of this blog, but with so many die-hard euro-skeptics out there, I felt it was necessary to mark the 50th anniversary of European Union.
Let's be honest here, the combination of so many cultures, languages and governments was never going to be easy. There have been some major screw-ups and embarrassing blunders.
However, when you consider that 60 years ago the continent was devastated and divided, while less than 20 years ago half of europe was shrouded behind the Iron Curtain, it is nothing short of astounding that we now have a growing and vibrant union; one that continues to rise to the challenges of the 21st Century.
What has Europe ever done for us? - enjoy!