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I have found that this is generally a rule within an organization that has an informal pecking order that contrasts to the formal order: It is always undemocratic and evil for those on the bottom of the pecking order to meet and discuss stuff in advance, while those on the top always does. This goes double if they discuss why the organization is not how it is formally presented.

Nice to see Sarko confirm it in EU.

My interpretation of the attack is that their is a rather strict informal pecking order within the Council with France high up an the Visegrád countries close to the bottom. Sarkozy also feels his position slipping or at least fears it, thus prompting an attack on a weak target to shore up his position. So the Visegrád group is not attacked because it is strong, but because it is weak.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Nov 5th, 2009 at 06:20:22 AM EST

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