My favourite European head of state - Czech President Václav Klaus - offers some excellent suggestions as to how to solve the European malaise:
Germany - a country that I greatly admire - is regrettably the main obstacle towards the kind of development Klaus suggests.
For historic reasons, Germans - both political leaders and the population in general - have for decades now supported a utopian idea of Europe. As the influence of the Church - sadly - has declined in Germany, this almost religious "Europeanism" has filled the vacuum. During the last decade or so this developmeent has been augmented by the growth of the "green" religion, which now seems to dominate all major political parties in Germany.
This new secular religion will of course in the end bring nothing but failure. Only the ingenuity of the German entrepreneurs and workers has - so far - prevented an economic and social decline. But this is only the calm before the storm.
When the Chinese bubble bursts, and the so far extremely succesful German export industry grinds to a halt, the greatest failures of the Merkel government - the senseless support for the failed euro currency and the even more senseless "Energiewende" (energy transition policy) - will become evident to German voters.
Sadly, there are not many politicians and parties, which are ready to take over when the storm begins to blow in Germany. Hopefully some good people in the traditionally sensible CSU (the CDU´s Bavarian sister party) will then show real leadership and bring Germany back to a sound path to the future, in line with what President Klaus has suggested.