The loudest voices
Nevertheless, it seems that the Franco-German couple are winning in imposing their view of the future of the EU. Indeed, after a night of negotiations, the European Council adopted a strong action plan that reflects the ideas of these powerful countries. It consist of surveillance of economical decisions to avoid member-states diving in the wrong direction. Fast sanctions toward the ones being too lax are planned : for the first time ever, preventive measures, as a blocked bank deposit, could be taken. This will not fail to annoy sovereigns inside member-states.
To put in practise these changes, the president of the Council, Herman Van Rompuy, is charged with preparing a project to gently modify the Lisbon Treaty. The modification would also include a crisis mechanism, such as the fund created to help Greece. As for the German proposal about the loss of the voting rights for failing members, it does not have as many chances of success, having been rejected by most of the members.
Clash of institutions
The European Parliament, in the form of President Jerzy Buzek, said that it should take part in the changes of the Treaty, but the the European Council is willing to pass without asking their advice. That could make a clash between these institutions.