Stefania Panebianco: "The 60th anniversary of the EU: a new élan for the EU … or maybe not”. Journal Global Affairs Volume 3, 2017 - Issue 1.
For some time now the EU has been in the midst of a crisis and many observers have been urging deep reforms to construct a stronger Union and face this critical juncture.
Due to the wrong perception of the (dis)advantages of belonging to the EU, misunderstanding of EU values and principles, or criticism of specific policies such as the monetary union and the Euro, over time the European public opinion has passed from providing a permissive consensus to expressing an overt opposition to further European integration.
Today the EU foundational rationale seems to have waned, thus needs to be restated and adapted to contemporary reality.