December 19, 2015
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said it all. Asked yesterday what the disagreements at the summit on migration were, she said that nothing was agreed, and therefore there could be no disagreements.
Indeed, absolutely nothing was agreed on how to respond to the migration crisis. The two-page long conclusions list the outsourcing of decision-making to the Dutch Presidency and other formats, and postpone decisions for six months at least. Worse, nothing was agreed on any issue at all, and the exchange on Nord Stream 2 was destructive.
Who is to blame? Is the Commission pushing too hard? Its proposals on relocation were obviously lunatic. Is there a slightest chance that other proposals from the Juncker team could be better?
Leaders don’t implement any of the pledges they pretend to make at successive summits for two reasons. First, the Commission is overplaying its hand, and second, leaders don’t believe the EU will last. Should they be blamed for it?
The “Commission of the last chance” reminds me of the orchestra which played music on the deck of the sinking Titanic, until the ocean took their souls.