Personally, I found our latest visit to the European Union delegation both entertaining and informative, from Dr. Deak's use of the adjective “sexy” to his opinions on the incorporation of Turkey into the EU and the EU delegation’s role in Washington compared to that of the member state's embassies. However, what I found most interesting were the parallels and differences Dr. Deak emphasized between the US Constitution and the defining document behind the European Union: the Maastricht Treaty (Treaty on European Union). In particular, he mentioned the phrases “to form a more perfect union” (Preamble to the United States Constitution) and “to continue the process of creating an ever closer union” (Treaty on European Union). Dr. Deak said that the phrases “more perfect” and “ever closer” were what he believed most clearly differentiated the goals of the United States from those of the European Union. He explained that the words “ever closer”, included in the Maastricht Treaty, define the European Union's goals to not simply leave different European cultures unchanged, but to actively preserve them. Although, political structures and economies may blend, and individual European cultures may continue to “strive for harmonious coexistence” (France and Germany), Dr. Deak's interpretation of the “ever closer” (but never perfect) clause entails that individual state identities and cultures will remain permanently unaltered. In contrast, the continuous goal for a “more perfect” union in the United States implies that our union is already perfect and therefore culturally we are united as well. Now whether either of these interpretations of defining lines in these two formative political documents were realised is a debate that could likely take another ten to twenty pages. However, what these interpretations say about Dr. Deak's positive view of the Union I think is undeniable and perfectly explain why he finds the arguments over Turkish culture rather than its political and economic structure quite “un-sexy”.