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.
The EU has not been created complex for complexity’s sake. But the painful truth of the European Union is that it might be exactly the complexity of its institutional structure that allows it to work.
The Syrian tragedy has exposed the shortcomings of the EU’s asylum policy. The newly agreed-upon rules will not help to cure the system’s birth defects. What the EU needs is real burden-sharing – or at least more competencies for the Commission.
While Americans have always rallied around their country in times of crisis, Europeans have abandoned the dream of a united Europe.
European foreign policy in Syria has failed. Has Europe become powerless on the world stage?
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.