Tuesday was Europe Day, which is the 56th anniversary of the Robert Schuman’s declaration, which led to the creation of the European Coal and Steal Community, which has evolved, into what is know the European Union. This year, however, the European Union doesn’t have much to celebrate since last year was a catastrophic year since the Dutch and more importantly, the French No to the European Constitution stalled European Integration. The EU is a transition period where it not only has to find itself, but also to find leaders who believe in Europe and unfortunately there aren’t many of those around. Angela Merkel, although she was to revive the European Constitution, is untested and unproven as a European leader. Tony Blair has the vision, but lacks the power and the credibility to follow it with action. Since the Iraq war, he has no constituency in the old continent and at home, he is fighting to push back the inevitable that is the ascension of Gordon Brown to the post of Prime Minister, a little bit longer. Chirac is too obsessed with America to be a true European and to help Europe forge an identity that isn’t base solely in opposition to the United States. At a time where the world is facing numerous challenges and needs Europe not only to have diverse solutions to these challenges, European leaders seem to have stopped believing in Europe as a supranational entity and to have resuscitated old and dangerous nationalistic sentiments in order to regain the power they felt they were losing because of globalization and Brussels. I am not one of those who believe that Europe is dead, but unfortunately, I believe that it may take a long time for it to have again the opportunity that was lost last year, that is to become a real political and democratic power.