With the deal done on the new EU treaty the participants have been mulling over the various pros and cons to come out of the Brussels summit, as have the press. Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates who takes over the EU pesidency on the 1st of July: “We are ready to work for Europe with all our energy we want the new treaty to be strong and effective.”
Papers across the union also had their say. El Pais in Spain ran the headline “EU finds its pulse with the new treaty.” Germany’s Der Tagesspiegal claims the “EU forces reforms on itself.” Italy’s La Stampa is more critical it calls “the new treaty a cheap deal.”
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said about the summit. “I have already expressed my satisfaction with the result of the summit and my support for Europe but, I feel a number of countries have lost the ability to work together and the common European spirit.”
Poland’s tough negotiating over the new treaty has won concessions for country but some believe the stance taken by Kaczynski twins has caused some permanent scars. As for Angela Merkel, who chaired the summit, she got a deal and some flowers but not before she issued a surprise ultimatum which initiated a flurry of activity to end the Polish stand-off on voting rights.