Thursday 8 December 2011

European Council: competing agendas

The heads of state or government meet in the European Council today in a weird atmosphere. The two largest ”shareholders”, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy (Merkozy) have ganged up to sort out their internal differences and to impose their solution on the rest of the participants, leading to much discussion.

Then we have the formal (provisional) agenda, written by the president Herman Van Rompuy, the man who was mandated by all the leaders to produce a report on stronger economic union. This he did, although the public had to rely on leaks to get access.

With the Merkel & Sarkozy letter on the one hand, and the Van Rompuy report on the other, the meeting looks set to start with two competing agendas (in a wider sense).

Would credible, accountable and democratic government look like this?

If this is how it starts, how will it end?

Ralf Grahn

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