There may be a two-speed Europe on the horizon after all: The German government has announced the EU could call a conference on an institutional reform treaty without Poland. This came after Poland’s rejection at the European Union summit of a compromise on a new voting system. It got President Lech Kaczynski a one-on-one dinner with Chancellor Angela Merkel of the current EU president Germany.
The 27 leaders, Poland’s included, are not yet throwing in the sponge… Observers say the Kaczynski move may be a maneouvre rather than really Poland’s last word in efforts to to replace the axed constitution. There is a question now is whether to postpone the new voting system until 2016.
Two days of talks at Prime Minister tony Blair’s last EU summit in Brussels have yielded some provisional results. The Council agreed that a new single foreign policy chief would be called High Representative of the European Union and not foreign minister. Britain also dropped its reservations on including the Charter of Fundamental Rights in a new treaty.