Daniel Altman explains the origins of the European Union and why it's in so much trouble today.Directed / Produced byElizabeth Rodd and Jonathan FowlerDaniel Altman is an economist and writer. Born in Connecticut, he studied economics at Harvard long enough to receive a doctorate. Rather than stay in the ivory tower, he became the London-based economics correspondent of The Economist. He next joined The New York Times as one of the youngest-ever members of its editorial board and later wrote economic commentary for the business section. He soon returned to London to become an economic advisor in the British government, dealing with crime, immigration, and illicit drugs. His next position was as the global economics columnist of the International Herald Tribune, with stints in Buenos Aires, Damascus, and Hong Kong.