In this issue

EU seeks road to redemption

European Union seeks road to redemption

While Europe appears determined to master its destiny, long-term solutions are hard to find, writes Tony Barber

Trade: Fate of transatlantic agreement hinges on political pragmatism

Projected gains from a pact stretch beyond economic growth, says Joshua Chaffin

Hint of southern comfort shows need to bolster reform process

Prospects for those countries hardest hit by the eurozone crisis – and their ability to embrace tough policies – are assessed by FT writers

Banking union: Work proceeds on bank rules

Sharing risks of the financial sector is back on the agenda, reports Alex Barker

Fiscal union: Integration put on back burner

Market calm has led to complacency in national capitals, writes Peter Spiegel

Political reform: Financial crisis fuels talk of democratic deficit

Legitimacy problem rears head as citizens question authority, says Joshua Chaffin

Foreign policy: Struggle for coherence remains intense in diplomatic relations

Economic travails are undermining the bloc’s influence, reports James Blitz

UK role: Cameron takes a defensive stance

After a sceptical and widely criticised speech, the British prime minister has his work cut out to restore goodwill in Brussels, reports George Parker

German elections: Merkel has more Europe in mind

Any hopes that a future coalition will dilute austerity plans seem unfounded, writes Quentin Peel

Immigration: Demographic crisis pushes outsiders to fill jobs

As populations age, foreign workers have become an economic necessity, says Norma Cohen

Citizenship: Quest for passport to a better life triggers debate on liberties

Free movement as a right within the community is in question, writes Peggy Hollinger

EU focuses on returning single market to health

Commission moves to reignite the bloc’s growth-deprived economy, writes James Fontanella-Khan