Today’s meeting showed that Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy want progress at the European Council meeting 18 to 19 June 2009. The press conference was a show of quiet determination.
Merkel and Sarkozy want to push for:
• The nomination of José Manuel Barroso to become the President of the Commission, with a programme, and subject to the approval of the European Parliament, if possible on 14 July 2009.
• Formal guarantees to the government of Ireland on its concerns with regard to the Treaty of Lisbon, and all the help they can give to achieve a positive vote, given that the EU needs Ireland and Ireland needs the EU.
• The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, in order to give the European Union a stable framework.
• Financial regulation based on the De Laroisière report, hoping to get the United Kingdom on board.
Merkel stressed the importance of the European Union’s work to secure a deal on combating climate change.