Following the call by Barroso for a new European treaty that would lead to further integration amongst all Member States (and not just the Eurozone), both Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande have supported the calls for further discussions. This does not mean that the ruling governments of France or Germany are motivated by the same ideological goals, facing the same pressures and campaigning for the same outcomes. Nevertheless, in examining the urgency of the Eurozone's breakdown, both countries are clear that greater integration, even a form of federation, is required. Angela Merkel will be regarded as the woman who abandoned the Basic Law, unless the Germans vote "No" (not unlikely).
Arguments currently debate the level of debt mutualisation, the regulation of financial institutions and whether integration should be restricted to the Eurozone or encompass all member states. The proposals endorse both fiscal integration within the Eurozone and centralised debt oversight across the entire political union. Most of these discussions take place within the Future of Europe group (involving both intra- and extra-Eurozone Member States). Although most of these debates have not shifted towards an endorsement of federalism, there is a hunger for an extension of qualified majority voting and a further process of integration to enhance the EU's voice of the world (Vox grandstandia pompositia).
Naturally, with negotiations due to start as soon as possible under the crucifix of the crisis, Cameron's long grass game past the next election appears vulnerable to the ambitions of the European political class. European hunters will flush their British game and force him to make a decision.