The 'union' is purely a business thing in order to sell stuff more easily. If anyone thinks it is anything other than an extension of ronald mcdonald type hegemony then you need to watch a lot more Simpsons, South Park and Steve Bell.
But by the way the EU political system makes about 50% of the laws of the countries in the union. The whole european political structure is governed by the "european commission" which is not even elected: what a great lesson of european democracy. Lets look at our problems before we laugh at the US elections. Please!
In reality the European Union is a Franco-German dictatorship in which the United Kingdom disagrees with/vetoes/opts out of 99% of the laws and the other member states have virtually no say in matters, even if they directly concern them.
The European Union is still a great concept though and if countries put aside their slight differences, focusing on their many similarities and also drop superficial arguments out loss of sovereignty then the EU will work and will be great.
Politian2: Na lets blow it on the EU