A finalité politique is at odds with the nature of European integration. There is no end goal, and that is how it ought to be. By definition, the Europe of European integration is a volatile and hybrid institution, a temporary fix. A temporary fix that has to prove itself as an appealing and convincing version of that big post-war Western experiment with capitalism and democracy. Capitalism and democracy the European way, if you wish. Key to its attraction is that is never set in definite form, nor believes in such a thing.
Mathieu Segers is Professor of Contemporary European History and European Integration at Maastricht University (UM). In addition, he holds the EuropaChair of UM, in which capacity he chairs the Academic Board of the 'Maastricht, Working on Europe' (MWoE) program, executed through Studio Europa Maastricht.