There once was a dream. A dream of Europe, a continent with a multitude of states joining together to be able to compete in an increasingly complex world.
Europe gave itself a common market to be able to keep up economically with the ever-stronger major powers. It opened up its borders for people, goods and capital to create not just more long-term prosperity but also a uniform prosperity for all. Finally, Europe gave itself a single currency to be able to trade more simply within and without the single market and above all to allow reliable trade.
The Continent was meant to be a global model of openness, freedom and rule of law. Its policies were supposed to be guided by the ideas of unity and solidarity, its political discourse by rationality.
You don’t have to be a euroskeptic to realize that this dream is over.