Europe seems to be up to its neck in problems. In view of Brexit and financial crises on the one hand and populism and Europe-weariness on the other hand there seems to remain only the choice between conflict or standstill. But where do all these difficulties stem from? Or is Europe not doing so badly after all? As an acute historian and believer in the European idea, Schmale explores the roots of the above mentioned phenomena and dissects the relationship between nation and Europe. But above all he tries to point out a way for the European Union to still find its way.