Can one imagine what the world would be like today of the US states had decided not to create a federal union but created a free trade area (as some Britons and other Eurosceptics want the EU to be) instead?
If the Ancient Greek city-states has created federal union in the 5th or 4th century BC, the world be different today. Rome would have probably more emerged, among other things.
In 2000 years or maybe much sooner, people will be saying the same re Europe!
Why is it so difficult for European to wise up after thousands of years of experiences and unite?
Europe has/is being "played" by the USA, the Asian tigers, Japan, China and others, plus the global financial system. Time to put an end to that or not?
Unless Europe grabs the bull by the horns, austerity in Europe will last. Time to talk of EU interest.