From this side of the pond, the EU looks like a bumbling, inefficient political monstrosity. Ok, ok, strong words.
I'm not really supportive of it, though, as it seems to undermine nations' individual rights and attempt to mold all of Europe together, which would be an impossible alliance to manage properly for very long IMO.
Love your description of the EU, Luke!
'Inefficient political...' reminded me of one of the better known problems with the EU, the massive democratic deficit, as they call it. It results in people not taking elections to the European Parliament seriously. In 2004, only 38.2% of people in the UK voted. I imagine that is because people don't understand how the EU works, and so don't care for their vote, or because they do understand, and realise just how useless their representatives in the European Parliament are.
Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth ... Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar. [JE Hoover]