In EU circles, in the aftermath of the horrid Greek debacle (by which I do not mean the Greek financial woes which are of course ongoing), surely the debate these days is on Who To Blame.
Who?, allowed one small country to take all the others hostage for six months, keeping not only finance ministers but the EU Commission, the European Parliament and a great number of European heads of state, from doing what they should have been doing – moving forward on a range of important issues.
Ukraine for example. The boat refugees obviously, but just as much youth unemployment, the climate, the slow rate of investments, etc.
Who – I wonder – will be blamed for having Angela Merkel trapped in Brussels into the early morning hours arguing over Sunday shopping hours in Athens?
No large organisation can allow this sort of goings-on, it´s too taxing for one, and too demeaning.
I see that Mr Schäuble has it in for the EU Commission president, Mr Juncker. Juncker is accused of not acting the honest broker but taking sides, namely the Greek side (Ironic, is it not, that the Greeks hardly noticed, being too busy acting the lone ranger).
If Mr Juncker wants to run a political Commission, says Mr Schäuble, then he should give up the task of enforcer of the rules , leaving competition matters and overseeing the single market to a different body.
Schäuble is right, the Commission shouldn´t be political. Still, you can hardly blame the European Commission this time, for failing to control the Greek saga.
It was after all, taken over and run exclusively by the Member States of the eurozone.
Mr Schäuble really ought to go after the President of the eurozone, Mr Dijsselbloem, for letting the whole thing get so out of hand.
Why keep calling meetings when there was nothing from the Greek side to discuss?
It served the Greek side´s interests but made the eurozone ministers look like muggers.
Then we have the President of the European Council, Mr Tusk.
What´s with letting all summits being high jacked by the Greek debate?
And why call in heads of states for eurozone summits when there is nothing substantial (it has to be in writing, otherwise too much work) to discuss?
That may well have been what the Greek government wanted – it made their business look mighty important.
But it made Merkel and the others look like right nitwits.
Let´s see if not someone doesn´t step up and put a stop to something similar happening again.
And puts a brake on amateurish officials, even those titled President, that can´t handle their jobs.