How we see it right now:
Nativism vs. cosmopolitanism
Necessary background reading: Tony Judt: A Grand Illusion? An Essay on Europe.
British viewpoint: We have time to adjust to this. Brexit can't be activated until our gov't gives the go-ahead for the exit process to begin. The Brexiteers believe they have control of the situation and are leaning on the EU statutes that seem to offer them cover for an orderly retreat.
German viewpoint: The British are poisoning the well. The result of the referendum was so close that it does not matter. It could easily have gone the other way. GB is destabilizing the community.
From Spiegel article by Elke Schmitter:
"A group that constantly has to deal with existential crises has no energy to deal with reality." EU can't deal with this and do its job, too.
Just preliminaries that I want in place as I fight my way toward understanding this mess. In the meantime, the situation is spinning out of control.