Since 1999, Brussels has become the center, too, for diplomats and all defense ministries (Wessels, et al, xv). There has been a coalition forged on matters of political and legal relevance, and the EU now has a credible and recognizable voice in world affairs. However, the observation that critics return to time and again is that the EU has failed to bring all of the European continents into the EU, and even those member states have not agreed to surrender their autonomy to the auspices of the EUC/EU. Allegations of a nationalist sentiment permeating the individual states have repeatedly stated from within and outside of the EU. How much, if any, validity is attached to the allegation of nationalism as the root caused of preventing the EU from achieving its full charter of goals is the focus of this brief study.Europe Unbound: Enlarging and Reshaping the Boundaries of the European Union informs this study with a discussion of the evolution of the EU in terms of the growth of member states. It discusses, too, those issues of nationalism that prevent the EU from admitting the former Eastern European Communist states of Bosnia, Croatia, Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria. It addresses, the EU’s long-standing delay in admitting Turkey, and the racism that is associated with Western versus Eastern European identities.Policy-Making in the European Union provides perspective on the policies that are generated impacting and governing the EU and its decisions to admit members into the EU, and as a reason why some European nations, such as Norway, continue to reject the idea of joining the EU. Reflections on Elusive "Common Dreams": Perils and Hopes of European Identity provides the Eastern Europe perspective, from a personal and analytical approach. EC: Confidence Lost helps to explain why there is confidence lost in the EU politically, but not economically. That the nationalistic tendencies of the EU continue to hurt its potential for political leadership at a world level.