Let me just bring in two quotes by Oxford’s Jan Zielonka:
It has been evident from the very beginning of European integration that ambitious and straightforward cooperative projects have a fairly good chance of being shot down.
European policy-makers [are] faced with a choice: integration in disguise or no integration.
I have been thinking: can Europe be popular? And is there a Europe of “the people”? Quick Friday-afternoon brainstorm: there is a nationalist-competitive and an integrative Europe at play. What do I mean?
– The nationalist-competitive: concluding from the status updates one gets to read on Facebook, for sure, there is one single thing that focuses minds in Europe: Euro 2008 (definitely not the Irish referendum)!
– The integrative: concluding from my recent cheap and quick flight from Belgium to Southern France: low-cost airlines! And not least the mythical, and very Irish, Ryanair!