EGFFbmi: With the economies of Europe and the rest of the world on the way back up, I was wondering.. will there be a major economic country in the EU or will it be a joint EU economy in say 20 years time..?
There have always been european centers for certain branches (like finance in London). This will continue to be the case, but more in the sense that the european center of finance might happen to be in London, with specialists from all european countries working there under - as far as community-wide transactions are concerned - european law; That would not
mean, however, that the european finance system would be under control of the british government
EGFFbmi: I would guess that the main EU economic countries would be:
Even before the EU, there were always dominating economies (which changed over time). With the EU, the dominance of the few is transforming into a situation with a more spread out (and shared) distribution of influence. Poland, for instance, never before had a say in german trade policies; Now it will participate in determining the community policies and the german ones with them.
EGFFbmi: Would there be more co-operation with Africa, N.America, Middle East, Asia?
Very probably. It´s a global trend anyway.
EGFFbmi: Would there be a main economic city..?
No. But certain aspects
of economy will probably concentrate in certain cities.
EGFFbmi: Would there be a common language?
No, but there will be "interaction languages" - just like there are today. English will have the largest area coverage, german and french will continue to be used between several nations and the eastern countries will probably use other shared languages when dealing among themselves.
The individual languages will remain in use domestically, however, even if it´s likely that there will be increased influences across the borders.
One very important factor that´s often overlooked is that "influence" will not remain concentrated on the nation states; The European Parliament is beginning to assert its influence in european matters, and that´s a Good Thing. So we will see the question of "national" influence lose importance in some areas; Instead, we´ll see pan-european discussions and manoeuvering between and among the factions in the European Parliament and the associated parties (european conservatives, social democrats, greens, chauvinists (I´ve always found it ironic that the respective national chauvinist splinter groups are often cooperating in the european parliament...
Things are changing, and so does the whole political coordinate system...