Latest news this week: German Foreign Minister says the EU cannot be held hostage by the veto of smaller states ( https://www.euronews.com/2021/06/07/us-germany-hungary-eu ).
Perhaps this indicates a political will to remove the veto over foreign policy. Given that France has been supporting this for a long time, many people say it is now close to becoming a reality.
I believe the next steps towards integration will be a common EU military, democratic election of high-powered EU officials (rather than being appointed by member states), fiscal policy (to prevent tax havens) and fiscal union.
At this point, anything beyond that is relatively simple
How powerful is the European Union on the world stage in this scenario? Will it be equal to the United States and China?