...really truly believe that Europe will brush these growing pains and begin anew the inevitable unification of the disparate nations into something resembling the United States?
The only difference between this Utopia and the Marxist version are their mechanisms for self-deception. The entire process has been marginalized to an experiment into the limits of political patronage...I mean, at least here the United States we have something approaching accountability.
Putting the Cart before the Horse...ultimate design before experimentation in human organizations has proven to be at the minimum ineffectual, at maximum a terror on earth.
This notion of "political unity by design" in my view takes an extremely narrow view of human history, and does not even bother to consult human nature.