Friday, 21 September 2012

Watching Them Putting Themselves About a Bit

Face to face meetings seem to be fashionable.  European member-state prime ministers and presidents are popping in to talk to one another with an assiduity rarely seen before.  Merkel, Monti and Hollande are visiting or being visited by Greece, Spain, the UK,  Ireland, various high-ranking ECB and Brussels figures - and  the impression is that it is Germany, France, Italy who are initiating all the activity.

The American Ambassador to Italy remarked last week that President Obama calls Monti regularly for updates on the EU and Eurozone affairs; the President regards Mr Monti as a reliable and expert source, according to the Ambassador.  They - the Italian prime minister and the US president - are to meet on the margins of the upcoming UN General Assembly it has been announced (which is not to say that the Italian prime minister intends to pursue the American president through the UN building till he has him cornered in the kitchens, as did the United Kingdom prime minister a couple of years ago).

None of these discussions seem to be possible by phone or some other remote link.  One wonders who they think will be listening. Of course all states have deviant sectors and services - Italian post-War history is riddled with them and their terrible doings - so there's no reason not to assume other nation states are not equally heterogeneous in their power structures.


Weekend Yachtsman said...

I assumed they were having off-the-record totally-deniable cosy chats about the new treaty they're cooking up to complete the absorption of the UK and other troublesome would-be dissenters, but maybe that's just my inner cynic coming out.

hatfield girl said...

Yacht, had we the energy and time to look carefully through the EU treaties I fear we would find that everything is provided for.

The 'off-the-record totally-deniable cosy chats' are likely to be considerations of which of the multi-layered and open-ended provisions should be brought into effect for the better achievement of their immediate aims.

Richard North points out regularly that it's all laid out quite plainly but we don't look hard enough.

It's real hard politics that will stop ever-closer union, not lack of treaty provision (at least the Bundesbank is going to go down fighting).