January 9, 2009

Europe’s Paralysing and Dangerous Deadlocks

Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxemburg’s sly and student-like PM, could hardly conceal his embitterment during a press conference after the last marathon session of the EU Summit on 16-17 June. “I feel sad and embarrassed. [”¦] I will explain to President Bush how powerful Europe is,” he said sarcastically, referring to a forthcoming meeting at the White House. Juncker, President of the European Council and a respected veteran in European politics who has been in office since January 1995, was saddled with the thankless task of finding a way out of a double deadlock: the pending ratification of the European Constitution and the 2007-2013 EU budget. Since the most prominent fighting cocks – Britain, France and Holland – weren’t really interested in Juncker’s well-intentioned mediation proposals with regard to the second problem, the Brussels Summit ended in a complete fiasco.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxemburg’s sly and student-like PM, could hardly conceal his embitterment during a press conference after the last marathon session of the EU Summit on 16-17 June. “I feel sad and embarrassed. [”¦] I will explain to President Bush how powerful Europe is,” he said sarcastically, referring to a forthcoming meeting at the White House. Juncker, President of the European Council and a respected veteran in European politics who has been in office since January 1995, was saddled with the thankless task of finding a way out of a double deadlock: the pending ratification of the European Constitution and the 2007-2013 EU budget. Since the most prominent fighting cocks – Britain, France and Holland – weren’t really interested in Juncker’s well-intentioned mediation proposals with regard to the second problem, the Brussels Summit ended in a complete fiasco.


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