With the way you all describe the EU it makes the nearly dysfunctional family that is the 50 US states, seem like the Brady Bunch. 0_0
Well, you don't have like thirty different official/legislative languages (all EU-wide laws, policy documents and stuff gets translated or interpreted into every one of those, for every member country), or near as many contradictions in how various member states see each other.
Imagine a US made up of thirty different Texas'es trying to get along.
On the other hand, we don't have two-year long paths running into all major parliamentary elections.