oh please the G8? they dont have any type of power or policies that come anywhere close to that of the EU. Common Agricultural Policy, Single European Market, European Monetry Fund, all policies that have a profound impact on Europeans and have benifited millions.
i dont have the time to go and find statistics at the moment. oh and i used for some of my statistics the Central Statistics Office of Ireland, an idependant institution of the government and totally unbiased.