It may surprise you, however as much as I am leaning towards European federalism for variety of reasons, of which instinct of self preservation probably floats at the top, yet in reality, I also think one of great challenges we all facing in that push for big getting together is to keep government small, functional, debt free. I may come across as Liberal, and in certain aspects it would be truthful charge, however deep inside I am intrigued by small c, American style, conservatism, foreign to most today active in governing. Yes, that's the one that felt of the table recently, and should be probably found, dusted off, and put back in place again.Izumi, most people struggle with working for the common good in their own families. To think they can drop their self interest for something as huge as a federal Europe is beyond naive: it's delusional.
When it all supposed to happen in Europe? It is happening right now, and will continue so when I am long time gone. It is self evident, and it doesn't requires any proof, but evolutionary changes are endless. Recently I came across a quote which seems worth noting here. J.A.Wheeler (American Physicist) once wrote: "Time is Nature's way of stopping thing happening all at once". Fitting aphorism for the old continent re-inventing itself in a new, hopefully livable form.