I disagree, Lincoln buddy. Europe has a different socio-demographic situation and I don't know if the use of I.D.s there is pervasive and/or a political ploy. I just don't know enough about how they do things in the EU or what arguments they have.
If I had to guess, it is a Euro I.D. used for travel within EU countries and not related to any particular county's voting. They are in some ways trying to have their cake and eat it too by having independent countries in a loose confederacy. It means they have to come up with inventive solutions to problems, solutions that may or may not work. Euro politics and competition is different though- they are a bunch of independent countries close together and potentially willing to sabotage each other. We don't have to worry about any U.S. states messing with each other too much.
I don't know. Last time I was in Europe I didn't see any kind of universal or required I.D. other than passports (but I didn't ask around either). However, not everyone drives there so maybe its an I.D. program, unlike us who all have driver's licenses and use it as a national I.D. by default. I don't really care enough to research it and it's not really relevant to our discussion- that's why I didn't bother responding: its unrelated info.