I often marvel at the absurdities of the debate around the EU’s economic agenda.
Take, for instance, this pithy summary of Sunday’s meeting from EurActiv:
The costs of German reunification will be counted as a mitigating circumstance in the reform of the EU Stability and Growth Pact, EU finance ministers have agreed.Because, of course, nobody knew about German reunification when the Stability and Growth Pact was first adopted. In 1997.
And the ludicrous row over the services directive leaves me wondering if the EU is at all serious about extending the four freedoms to the new member states, let alone about the dying Lisbon Agenda.
Perhaps the heads of state and government will surprise me. But I suspect the biggest effect of the summit for me personally will be the increased traffic jams when I go home tonight and tomorrow.