Die Spiegel recently published this rather interesting report looking behind the scenes of the latest EU Council Summit -
There are several items of note that go to confirm my general misgivings about the whole damn thing and Ireland's relevance to it in particular, here are the first three that strike me -
1. Not one mention of Ireland or Kenny. If he was in there thumping the table insisting on a better deal, or at least trying to put into place the mechanism by which a better deal could be had, then the authors are strangely silent upon it. Was the note that Merkel 'kissed a few leaders on the cheeks' the only, and rather oblique, reference to Enda, in that he was once again trying to have a bit of a snog with her?
2. Democracy was mentioned only once and that in the sense that the EU was 'a democracy' rather than democracy being something to be considered as a vital component of decision making during these rather elevated discussions. It is true that they are all elected heads of state attending but one is still left with a feeling of their remoteness. It is also quite notable that what was being discussed and who was saying what is kept hidden from those who do the electing. That's hardly democratic.
3. The people in Ireland who think that David Cameron is just the sort of strong and intelligent leader that this country requires must be sorely disappointed to learn that that this colossus amongst men prefers to play cards on his Ipad rather than help define the future of Europe.
There are many things I like about the idea of Europe as a loose grouping of states that work together but what we seem to have is just another layer of unrepresentative government that is arrogant in its assumptions and would appear to be in place merely as toy for various over inflated egos to play with. It needs 'structural reform' alright, but to an extent that the various bloated layers of bureaucracy would find highly unpalatable.