"One of the immanent characteristics of European culture is that it is periodically experiencing crises. This, however, means that, unlike other great historical cultures, it is not closed, it is not forever crystallized culture. There is no nation if you don’ take care for it. If you don’t do it day after day. And one day you will understand that being only an Englishman, a German or a Frenchman means being a provincialist. " - José Ortega y Gasset
The great Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) is one of the doyens in contemplating a modern united Europe. In his view, European integration, although difficult and accompanied by crises, is a process with a future because "behind" this process there is a millennial pan-European history.