Everyone's trying to undermine the EU but they've been doing this for decades. And listen, adversity can be a good thing. It worked for 13 colonies back then and could well work for the modern project that is the EU today.
But it's messy. The ECB controls monetary policy and the member states control fiscal policy. This is precisely why the EU needs to be fixed and federalized.
Merkel may not win, but even if Martin Schulz comes into play politically, which he will, he too is a federalist.
In France, Le Pen has only 27% which means 70% are against. And 70% will vote against her in the second round because De Gaulle ensured the President is elected by the majority, not the minority. The president has an awful lot of power in France, it's important people like him.
The Dutch, well that's tricky. I've lived there and understand their business culture, historically the country's full of merchants and the Dutch are inherently conservative. It's also tightly packed so immigration has become a problem. Geert Wilders may be elected but even he doesn't want to leave the EU, he just doesn't want it enlarged. Or so his platform suggests. He's extremist. But again, a country full of merchants. He could be a wild card. I think we're getting used to all the wild cards being dealt.
And as much as the contamination coming from the American and English press infects, through faux memes and information short on detail, the EU and Europe's cultural realities do remain as vital as ever.