After the Second World War, Europe was a continent divided. Nationalism was on the rise and extremism was very much alive. The defeat of Hitler was little more than a minor success in the eradication of radicalism. Stalin’s Russia was the strongest it had ever been with the Iron Curtain becoming a barrier across the east. The western-liberal leaders had to do something to try and quash the break-up of Europe and from this, the European Union was born. At least, in the form of the European Economic Community or EEC.
Their main goal was to re-unify Europe and to discourage the event of another European war. The founding members, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany, were all under the control of the Reich at some time or another during World War Two. (Be it an alliance in Italy’s case, that they repelled half way through). It was this that gave them the hunger for such a union as they had all felt the effects of the war much more than most. It wasn't until 1973 when further countries joined. (Britain, Denmark and Ireland)
The European Union as we see it today wasn't so until 1993 and the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. What we have now is a political union of 28 members states, a central government, a universal currency and the free movement of people, capital, goods and services. The EU prides itself on equality and economical progression.
So, why is the EU a “Nazi success story”?
The aims of Adolf Hitler weren't clear in the twenties or thirties. Even the publication of ‘Mein Kampf’ left some areas in the dark. But, Hitler’s main goal was crystal clear from 1936. Hitler wanted a unification of Europe. Be it German, he wanted one currency, one government and one state. (The Reich) The current talk of a European Army adds even more similarity to Hitler’s goals. Yes, there are key differences between the European Union and Hitler’ Reich. Mainly equality and democracy. But, the principals of Hitler’s goals for the Reich still remain.
Euro-sceptics will also tell you that the EU is controlled by the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel and not the European Commission and the MEPs. Another goal complete for Herr Hitler. (Although he wouldn't have allowed a female to leave the kitchen) Hitler also wanted the eradication of communism in the east. That’s another tick. The similarities between the EU and Hitler’s Reich are staggering. They also both won the Nobel Peace Prize!
I’m not calling the European Union a fascist state run by a German but, you must admit that the Union is more or less what Hitler wanted. If you remove the ideals of democracy and equality, the EU is Hitler’s dream. He would have also finally got his much craved alliance with Britain!