The EU comes up a lot in conversations these days.
For example, I was just at a conference of young law and poli sci profs, discussing public choice.
At dinner, one young woman told a story of some friends of hers. Her friends had decided they needed fresh ingredients for a dish they were making. So, she said, "They went to a farm, and got permission from the farmer to milk his goats themselves."
"Wow....", young man across the table says.
"What do you mean?" young woman asks.
Young man: "Two women, milking goats....that's kind of hot!"
Young woman: "EEeee-uuUUUU!"
If you hang out with sophisticated folks, international affairs come up pretty often.