Daily Archives: October 20, 2011

Oh Bureaucracy!

As The Economist reports, the apparatchiks in Brussels are again arguing about wording and phraseology while Europe collapses around them.

At issue is a disagreement over who should speak on a particular subject – the member-states, the European External Action Service (EEAS, the EU’s newish “foreign ministry”) or the European Commission (the EU’s civil service)? And on whose behalf should they claim to speak – the member states collectively, the EU as a whole, or just as a particular body, eg, the Commission?

I read this and I have an image of a melee where every one attacks each other with deadly intent and feather dusters.  No one ever wins or loses and there is no denouement, but the contrast between the contrast and the intent is rather amusing.

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