The year’s last EU summit provided ample headwind for chancellor Merkel. The usual suspects were joined by Italy and council president Tusk in accusing her of setting different standards.
In oder to keep control of the situation, Merkel had to resort to Austria’s representation in Brussels, where she gracefully pardonned all her sins to Turkey and crowned austrian chancellor Faymann her new second in command.
In the actual council meeting she was facing a strong wind. Tusk publicly condemned the second north stream pipeline that should raise Germany’s gas imports from Russia.
Italian’s prime minister Renzi denounced her double standards – after all she was instrumental in preventing the planned south stream pipeline to Italy.
Merkel is softening the planned banking union as well, at the specific request of Germany’s savings and Raiffeisen banks that insist on not being a part of the guaranteed deposit union.
As per usual procedure Tusk and Renzi caved in and their statements disappeared from the offical minutes. But German Europe’s contradictions don’t go away, they grow and grow:
- While north stream continues proceeding, Merkel condemned all 28 to extend the Russia sanctions. There was no desire to debate.
- While Merkel threatens those that do not join her refugee policy, she is sucking up to Britain’s Cameron by offering contract amendments that would allow him to fend off EU citizen.
- While the chancellor praises the German alliance to the Peshmerga fighters in the counter terrorist struggle, she’s perfectly fine with her new partner Turkey slaughtering kurdish ‘terrorists’.
These discrepancies illustrate the worsening crisis in Europe, but many other EU member states see it mainly as the expression of a double standard.
Unless Merkel threads very carefully, she could lose control in 2016…