Changing the EU’s objective is impossible if the EU doesn’t transform itself internally: the two are inextricably linked. But why do proposals to create a European public feel so subversive and so revolutionary? Why does the nation state have such a strong hold over the integration project? How can we simultaneously protect Europe’s diversity while democratically deciding on questions that concern us all? The answer to these questions goes to the fundamental nature of the EU, and describes how we can institutionalise power in a way that allows Europe’s citizens to decide on the most basic of all political questions: how do we want to live together?