As I watch the World Cup I take a more optimistic view of the current European reality. Though allegiances have grown, and are growing, ever more complex, flags also take on new meanings. Complexity isn’t a problem, it’s an advantage. Though FIFA may rightly frown at the various political displays, racism rears its head from time to time and loyalties are understandably questioned, we’re not just watching soccer, we’re also watching a new Europe coalescing despite all the divisions.