I've just published a piece on the past and future of Europe in Fair Observer, an interesting magazine with analyses on a worldwide perspective:
"Europe is certainly at a crossroads. The current economic crisis challenges previous institutional arrangements and induces innovative Europe-wide responses in favor of more integration and less state sovereignty. For some, the process of building the EU begun in the mid-twentieth century has been too long and too slow and the Union’s decision-making mechanisms are still too inefficient. However, if we adopt a comparative historical perspective of the most similar experience of building a continental democratic federation in modern times - the United States of America - the EU can still make it and may soon reach a crucial, irreversible point...
See the rest here: