Suddenly, there is a spring in the European integrationist’s step. Politicians are openly talking about more EU integration — including a common minister of finance. Popular support for the European Union is rising. The words of the preamble of the Treaty of Rome of “an ever closer Union” no longer seem anachronistic.
So is the European train back on the federalist tracks? Not quite. While Emmanuel Macron’s success in France — and similar developments in Germany and the Netherlands — suggest a growing support for more EU, things are different in other parts of the alliance.