Is a slave free to determine the course of his own life? Or do others set down terms and conditions which he must obey? Is he free to do business with whomever he chooses to do business? Or is he told exactly with whom he must do business – and under what conditions? May he travel freely? Or is he required to travel with permission – and only under certain conditions?
--Eric Peters in this article, A Few Questions to Ask, at Eric Peters Autos.
The greater Balkanization of Europe would be accomplished rather neatly by using this intermediate step of the European Union to first break down specific national laws and barriers, and then deliberately bankrupting that structure quickly enough so that individual nations would have a difficult time reconstructing the former economy and law enforcement capability.