When Donald Tusk, President of the EU’s Council of Ministers, told colleagues last night that he is worried about “the sense of powerlessness, where political interests, or bureaucratic inertia, stand in the way of achieving results”, he was not talking about the UK Government – his fire was aimed EU27 member states’ leaders.
It’s a helpful reminder that some commentators on the Brexit debate should raise their gaze to what’s happening in Brussels, too.
To address these obstructive ‘political interests’ in the Council, Tusk wants to publish ‘Decision Notes’ before each meeting, whereby he would explicitly list the divisions in the Council so that they can be addressed head on. This might or might not work but, either way, the chances of a potentially explosive document finding its way into the public domain would surely rise.
Full details of Tusk’s comments to EU leaders are here: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/10/17-tusk-invitation-letter-euco/?utm_source=POLITICO.EU&utm_campaign=939f38c2e2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10959edeb5-939f38c2e2-190078089