All the above is the fruit of your imagination. The EU is a quite precise (and painfully technical) set of agreements between nation states. Europe - on the other side - is both a geographical connotation and an idea. But it's not the EU.
Nothing to do with imagination, I never mentioned Europe and neither did you, we were talking about the EU which from day one of its Common Market origins envisaged a federal system and neglected to mention that to the British population in the 1970s.
You misunderstand. I mentioned "Europe" because the word is sometimes used with the connotations you mention - an aspiration to an unified nation of "europeans". If you had used the word "Europe" rather than EU, I would have agreed - European hope (to me) rests on the possibility of a future integrate large state capable to compete with similarly-sized states such as the USA, China, Russia.
But (unfortunately, I'd say, but that's not the subject in discussion) the EU is nothing like that - no more than the american colonies were the USA in the 18th century.
The 'quite precise (and painfully technical) set of agreements between nation states' you mention is the very reason why the EUphile leaders want a federal system so that all those wrinkles can be ironed out: one set of VAT, NI and Tax, pension, corporation taxes etc and in truth that's the only way it will ever work,
All of which does not exist in the EU.
Which is why I say the EU is not what you talking about. A descendant of the EU might, one day, be. But it is not now.
It's like talking a Model T and saying it's a Ferrari F488. Yes they're both cars and the second is in some way a descendant of the first, but they're most definitely not the same.
Again the EU which reached an agreement about recovery package is today's EU, not a different entity in the future.
Given that the EU is what it is, it's wasn't a certain result... and it's bloody encouraging.
Focusing on a negative that did not happen disregarding the positive that did happen = negativity.
And it took many more days than planned, no doubt a lot of backroom deals and strong arming, just like the deal done with Turkey over the migrant crisis (where three people met up and foisted the result as a fait accompli on the MEPs to vote it through).
If it took that much effort to get a pandemic relief plan then imagine achieving a truly federal system, hence my original 'negativity'.
It's no surprising or exceptional that it's not easy. What is exceptional and a bit surprising is the successful result.
Again, you chose to focus on the (obviously) difficult path instead of the successful result, which suggest a negative attitude. If they'd taken one day you could just as well say they should have taken 5 minutes.