Sixty years after the beginnings of the European idea, the EU is in trouble. Debt and currency crises have eroded confidence into the European project while member states remain hesitant to transfer power to Brussels. Yet historically, crisis has always resulted in further integration.
Europe is more than the single market: It's the promise of a new kind of political union. Unfortunately, the ruptures of globalization have rendered the successes of the EU invisible.
To build an ever closer union, Europeans might have to look across the Atlantic: in the United States, a genuine debate over the future direction of the country is still possible.
Europe's technocrats might solve the economic conundrum, but they cannot restore trust between Europe and its citizens. We need a charismatic, democratic leader before illiberal and nationalistic forces gain ground.
While politicians continue their diplomatic dance, real power in the Eurozone has shifted to central bankers.
The more Germany tries to save the Eurozone, the more it become the union's scapegoat. The best response: ignore the populists, and keep on trucking.