If the media reports are to be taken at face value, the EU summit that ended on 9th December 2011, displayed some of the less attractive characteristics of group behaviour of schoolchildren. School boys (and I assume girls too) tend to coalesce into groups or gangs. Some who are not good at participation in the ethos of such groups become reluctant if not miserable members or become fall guys/gals on the outside.
The post Cameron veto scene depicted on the BBC news last night of President Sarkozy's deft body swerving to avoid greeting Prime Minister Cameron, is reminiscent of silly school boy behaviour and seems so un-statesman like. Cameron at least manged to give Sarkozy what appeared to be a friendly pat on the back as the latter slipped by.That is only a small detail and one which may owe more to weariness and the lateness of the hour than to serious lapse in good manners but such does not augur well for real statesmanship applying further down the line of the Euro Zone's major crises.
As mentioned in earlier blog posts, saving the Euro requires huge amounts of cash and the only European country with sufficient finance to be able to pay is Germany so little wonder that the other nations accepted the German conditions. I sympathise with Chancellor Merkel and more especially with her tax payers but unless they are prepared to pay to support and subsidise the European countries which are fast running out of cash in the same ways as do the American federal authorities for the more financially strapped states of the USA, the Euro will fail. The German domestic financial way is brilliant - for Germany - but will that way work for the 26 and will imposing that way on the 26 save the Euro? I doubt it.
Prime minister Cameron is the fall guy of the EU for now. In the same way as in school days the minority fall guy tended to become the focus of attention when the majority's actions were really going nowhere so internecine quarreling among the 26 will in due course cause attention to focus on the real issue which is not the UK's stance but whether German generosity and magnanimity will extend far enough to save the Euro despite the understandable concerns of that country's taxpayers.
An afterthought on the above arising from a comment made by maytrees mi, is that on looking at the tensions about who governs whom that persist within the small countries that constitute the UK, the tensions likely to arise among the 26 or 27 for that matter if the UK does not exit the EU, are bound to be similar only more so.
The USA was founded when Indians apart (theirs is another story) most people there had not long before, uprooted from their many different ancestral countries so were comparatively recent immigrants. For them all therefore there was a common purpose in making the New World work so their creation of the USA was a logical and positive development.
However each European country has very different traditions ethos and ways of life developed over way back when. England Scotland Ireland and Wales seem collectively like a microcosm of the European patchwork of nations although those 4 countries have more in common with each other than do many of the 26. If the 4 countries of the British Isles find maintaining some common governance so difficult despite or maybe because of, their history, then the prospects for the 26 doing rather better which I assume is what the President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel European project is all about, are grim indeed.