• Many commentators seem to regard talk of a federal Europe as a "radical shift". Why, I ask? The Schuman Declaration of May 9, 1950, which we celebrate every year as Europe Day, clearly sets out the aim as "the federation of Europe".
Despite what some national leaders have pretended over the decades, this has always been the clear pathway for European integration. The economic crisis has only accelerated the process.
Maybe if we had a more honest discussion of a democratic and federal Europe many would realise it actually does not mean a centralised superstate. In fact, it means the exact opposite.