Prior to the summit we heard many warnings and great words, notably from the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, who said that the “EU could break up” if the leaders don’t finally come to agreement. The Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Radoslaw Sikorski, in Monday’s press conference in Berlin, urged Germany to act and lead Europe to reforms because “we are standing on the edge of a precipice”.
The Merkel and Sarkozy duet proposed Treaty change, possibly by next March. But some countries, notably the United Kingdom, don’t fancy dancing to that tune. David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, insists on fighting for Eurozone stability and especially for British interests. He made it clear he will have no hesitation in vetoing any reform that doesn’t meet UK interests and expectations.
Well, frankly, everyone’s expectations are immense. While each member state has its own objectives, the question remains how to meet them all while under pressure to meet the common objective: dancing to the same music in order to restore European financial and political credibility. It’s high time to know if we can dance on air or if our leaders are definitely out of step with the future of Europe.