EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso held his State of the Union 2012 Address in the European Parliament today.

His call for a "decisive deal for Europe" is nothing more than the usual lithany of neoliberal (growth and competitiveness first) and old-school EU Integration platitudes (more economic and political union, European parties) with a few words added to placate those in Europe who want real "new thinking" and a really convincing new European project: a socially just and green new EU.

O yes and we need a new European public space now that anti-EU sentiment in lots of EU member states is running high. Where have we heard this before? Margot Wallström, please come back!