With no shared sense of tribe comes a sharp reduction in compassion and attendant willingness to help. The elites who designed the Euro may genuinely have believed and even felt a sense that Europe is all about "us", but the currency's recent struggles show that for too many Europeans, it's more about us and them.In my opinion, the author is being far too generous to the European elites who designed the euro. These elites may, indeed, have embraced all of Europe in a sense of "us." But in their case "us" did not mean all Europeans, but "we, the Eurocratic elite." To that elite, ordinary people throughout Europe are "them."
That is what ultimately underlies this crisis.