If Germany under Merkel (and because of her interpretation that the German Constitutional Court's decision limits EU integration? see Spiegel Online article "How European is Angela Merkel?.." http://bit.ly/aRtrpT) is not going to be the political steam engine of EU unity and further integration anymore, then maybe it is time for a group of mid + small size member states to assume the role.
That would actually make more sense, in other words, is it fair to expect Germany, France or Germany + France to play this role in perpetuity? Isn't it time that the EU's medium and small (in population) size members (or a significant number of them) start acting together as a team in a leadership role for European integration?
In the EC/EU's baby and childhood steps, Germany and France were the rams of unity and integration. Now, 50+ years old, the EC (now EU) should be able to rely on team effort for leadership in unity and further integration, ne c'est pas?