Herman Van Rompuy, left, with President Barack Obama at last week's EU-US summit.
Fellow Brussels Blogger Josh Chaffin has a scoop in this morning’s paper on the five-page “interim report” on EU treaty changes for this week’s summit written by Herman Van Rompuy, the European Council president, which we were able to get our hands on yesterday.
Our story focuses on what is likely to be the central element debated about the report – the suddenly fashionable proposal to do a quick-and-dirty, limited treaty change through the hitherto obscure Protocol 12 of the EU treaties, which is described on page 3 of the Van Rompuy document, which Brussels Blog loyalists can read here.
But there’s much more to digest in the report, and as is our practice, we thought we’d give a more extended evaluation here on the Blog. Read more
European commissioners’ official Twitter feeds usually consist mainly of links to their latest speech on arcane regulation, or platitudes about whichever country they happen to be visiting.
Enter Laszlo Andor, the social affairs commissioner:
Automatic sanctions are a joke. Fiscal union needs collective, democratic decision-making that can respond to challenges & manage agg.demand
Assuming the Germans are monitoring the micro-blogging platform, they will probably be unamused by the Hungarian’s assessment of automatic sanctions for countries breaching EU debt rules being branded “a joke”: it is one of the pillars of their crisis resolution plan, and will thus feature heavily at the summit of national leaders on Thursday and Friday. Read more