Clearly, M Moscovici has not read my colleague’s blog on the fact that France has not actually done all that badly by getting the portfolio that involves the largest amount of spending money. He thinks that every other large country, Germany, Spain, Italy, the UK, has done better. (Un moment, s’il vous plait, M Moscovici. We were all under the impression that national interests must be subdued to general European well-being.)
On the other hand, M Moscovici’s conclusions have, in different ways and in different circumstances, been reached by other, often more reliable commentators:
A good line even if the conclusion does not happen to be true.
“By treating its partners with hauteur, by humiliating them sometimes brutally, and by behaving in a cavalier fashion towards the Commission, the France of Jacques Chirac finds itself sanctioned.”