Thursday, June 21, 2007
So, the theatre begins
"The citizens of Europe are watching," Merkel told reporters before chairing the "summit's" first session. Now is the time for Europe to end the "inward-looking process" and focus on "the big issues - peace, prosperity and growth."
Meanwhile, outside, UKIP staffers were getting arrested for parading an inflatable bulldozer without a permit (they have inflatable bulldozer permits in Belgium?). The MEPs, as they tend to do in UKIP, walked free.
Graham Watson, Lib-Dim MEP, meanwhile, gave the BBC PM programme a succinct account of what was going on – negotiating a mandate, IGC, draft treaty, etc. He was ignored.