The EU, despite its frailties, is a success story. This is a club of countries dedicated to upholding the values of the European Enlightenment - from the rule of law to fundamental human freedoms, economic prosperity and order in Europe. This can be done better together than alone, especially with the emergence of China and India as economic superpowers alongside the USA. This is more important than ever when so many countries beyond the west are retreating from democracy and Enlightenment values. It is within its architecture that Europe's states hammer out their differences and form their shifting alliances to arrive at common positions: it is today's concert of Europe.