The European Union is rife with crisis and discord. Instead of solidarity and cohesion, self-interest and protectionism dominate the discourse between its member states. Internally as well as externally, the project EU is as unattractive as never before. Hence, the European Commission ventures to act big: a new pan-European idea is needed.
The intern of the Portuguese Commissioner for Culture comes up with an intriguingly reasonable proposal. The Commission's President from Croatia is utterly delighted about it, wanting to give it a try. But when she presents the concept to the European Council, a ferocious debate flares up. The foreign ministers of the Visegrád group of states are sceptical. The Netherlands want to veto any additional decision powers for Brussels. France supports the project, but expects an appropriately prominent role for the Grande Nation in it. Will the clever idea of a young EU novice end up in history's paper bin? Or will the initiative successfully make the long and winded road of Brussels legislation to become European law?