Europe is built on the most high-end legal schema on the planet.
a) One is always and everywhere the Leader.
b) Anyone can be leader(and i am not talking about the rotational system of Presidency)
c) The EU axiocratic principles put to leadership the most worthy one.
d) Be worthy and you shall lead.
e) If you dont like it, go live in Uganda.
g) If the fact that the Germans are leading Europe and ex-German memories are haunting your dreams, then one can always work hard for his nation and make it rise above and overcome Germany's leadership...In the EU it can be done, and this is exactly what counts. And the whole juice of the Eu story, the most powerful leads, the EU supplies the framework for a healthy nation, then it all becomes a matter of personal/nationwide will power, courage and work.
I for myself speaking always, i will do my best for my self, and consequently for my country, and i hope that i shall see Ellas reigning in European salons once more, now i know that there are no barriers to stop me flourish, the FRAMEWORK for my personal and collective effort is MAGNIFICENT, there fore all blame in case of failure is solely on my back. No excuse. The most powerful reigns, if you find yourself on the bottom list, then that means that you are actually and in fact on the bottom list.
In brief, One can travel, buy, sell, trade, whatever, wherever, whenever, with his ID card, one can overcome the corruption of regional governements and mafia, through the EU judicial system, The Human Rights overcome even the most wet dreams of utopian fantasy novelists. the decentralization of governement is fantastic, the non-unification in the poltiical domain has its plus and its minus(depends on the individual). One thing is for certain the EU citizen enjoys the best Human Rights on the Planet.
You dont want them? Because Germany happens to be leading you? Go see a doctor. I am sure some people in here can guide you towards the psychoanalytic ones.
The EU is not built around or for Germany, and its frame work is not designed to safegurad Germany's Status. Nor France's nor anybodies.
...take your common sense with you, and leave your prejudices behind...