What the heck?
I'm a big fan of strategy games and simulations, and have quite some experience in them. But with Europa Universalis I feel you don't have much of a chance to get on board if you haven't played earlier versions.
It seems to be a great game with endless depth, yet that depth is not structured in a way that you can work your way from the big to the small. Instead, you're facing a mostly text-based UI with endless menus and icons that provide only the most detailed aspects all at a glance – it was impossible for me to get an idea what exactly I should be doing and where I could, even though playing through the tutorials.
I'm not saying this is a bad game, I'm saying that you'll have a hard time to find out if it is.