The European Parliament is unhappy with the lack of consultation by the Council of Ministers and the Commission in regards to the proposals for economic and monetary union. Talk of a new treaty to achieve this goal is viewed as an attempt to sideline all Parliamentary assemblies (how does this tally with the dominant role of the Bundestag?). Some of the usual suspects like Elmar Brok and Daniel Cohn-Bendit have been agitating for a seat at the table. This development comes as the Commission's budget dries up under the twin pressures of overspending and austerity. The coffers have run dry.
Meanwhile, Cameron appeared on the BBC to rile Eurosceptics further with his list of empty promises. He will try and keep increases in the Commission's budget to a minimum and look at reducing immigration from the European Union (shooting himself in the foot on defending the single market) On, and the next election could be a plebiscite on membership instead of acknowledging the People's Pledge. A good example of how to forsake friends and irritate people. He is a shambles!