The qualitative leap which was introduced in the European project in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis has brought higher levels of solidarity and cohesion. But there is still a long way to go. The speech of the president of the European Commission has outlined a few further steps, but many more need to be done. Moreover, it was shy about a key issue: for the new phase of its project, Europe needs to make a democratic transformation of the way its democracy works at various levels.