Viviane Reding seems to revel in picking a fight with France ahead of summit meetings in Brussels.
In comments to several European newspapers in the run-up to Thursday’s heads-of-government meeting, the EU’s justice commissioner went after French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his German counterpart, Chancellor Angela Merkel, for a deal they struck last week on proposed eurozone budget regulations in characteristically unvarnished language.
“The decisions of the European Union are not made in Deauville,” she said, referring to the swanky French seaside resort where Merkel and Sarkozy made their deal, according to an account in Belgian daily Le Soir. The pact, she said, was nothing less than “a Franco-German diktat”. Read more