When we look back on this year, it may well be the one where Europe began to reform, reshape and re-energise itself, or when the union passed the event horizon and was crushed in the black hole of its unresolved contradictions.

While much of the chatter coming from Brussels analysts and commentators has concentrated on the complex balances required by the institutions and musings on the inner workings of the Commission, there are deeper issues to be discussed.

Jean-Claude Juncker has surpr...

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