Two particular news items i thought interesting, especially if taken together.
Firstly, the benefits of having faith.
Then contrast that with the proclaimation of making the EU into a new superpower.
What linked the two stories for me was that having faith, not necessarily religion if you read the first article closely (disclaimer: i consider myself spiritual but not religious), gives you a slight edge and occasionaly that's just enough to move you forward. But the EU, a collection of states without a unifying ideology, lacks both political and spiritual faith, having "evolved." Without such cohesiveness, what is the point of the EU being a superpower? Its not about economics, as capitalism is not popular. Its not about principles such as freedom or democracy, unless you consider security and comfort values. And it certainly isn't about domination. So why build a military to be a superpower? What happened to "soft power?"