After a day’s worth of summiting in Luxembourg, we seem no closer to learning just how serious a dust-up might occur at this week’s European summit over the issue of reopening the EU’s treaties as part of an effort to prevent another Greek-style crisis.
The German government has pushed it to the top of the agenda, but officials from countries large and small – as well as, privately, José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission – have voiced their distaste for another full-blown treaty overhaul, which has proven arduous and politically debilitating in the recent past.
“After 10 tortuous years we managed to chain the fierce beast and lock it in a chest for at least another decade,” said one European diplomat from a country opposed to the move. “Who guarantees us that the wretched animal will not leap out and devour us all?”
According to diplomats, the key issue appears to be how hard Germany will push their demands. Read more