By Joao Mendes
I was born in December 1986. Portugal officially joined the European Union in 1 January 1986. In other words, I was born in the European Union.
There are those who yearn for a time they knew before the EU became what it is today. Others yearn for a time before the EU itself, and wish for the EU to end. I yearn for the EU to develop, become stronger and more democratic, a bastion of liberal democracy spanning an entire continent - and perhaps even beyond.