Come tomorrow the people of Spain will have been the first to say 'yae' or 'nae' on the European constitution and whether a European superstate should be created. The safe money is that Spain will confidently say 'yae' to the proposition because of the enormous monetary benefit they have enjoyed since they joined the club in 1986.
The results in many other countries is uncertain but the safe money would also say that over the next year at least one European nation will say 'nae' to the proposal. All I can say to that prospect is thanks the heavens!
The European constitution is 511 pages long. The constitution! Constitutions are supposed to contain the basic building blocks of a society: the obligations of and the restrictions on the various levels of government. A 511 page constitution is a bureacrats wet dream. It will probably also turn out to be a citizens nightmare.
Regardless of the details, the future of Europe will be interesting with or without the passing of the constitution. Declining birth rates, economic malaise, and unresolved racial issues, all indicate that the future of Europe will probably be very messy. And lets be serious, what modern attempt at creating a European superstate hasn't ended in absolute failure and utter destruction? None that I can think of.
So will Europe be a toothless tiger or a global menace? Notice how I left out any possibility of a responsible member of the international community? It wasn't by accident.