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If it is slimmed down to institutional reform, I will swallow the intergovernmental-treaty replacement for the EU Constitution, even if there is no name change. Otherwise, I think the EP can put enough pressure on Merkel & co only if the European Socialists join the choir.

On the Polish government, I had a good laugh. The plan is clearly designed to win the backing of small countries, but I don't expect that to succeed both because I think governments remember prior experience, recognise that consensus on this new idea with the bigger or sceptical smaller countries is unlikely. So after them saying "If other countries do not want to discuss our proposal, we will take the last resort," this looks to me like another instance of a Polish government steering itself into a corner in the making. (Like the CAP debate during the last accession summit in Denmark, or the previous fight over vote weights alongside Aznar's Spain.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Mar 29th, 2007 at 08:39:17 AM EST

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