David Cameron is about to head to Europe to discuss the growing crisis in the Eurozone. He is planning on meeting with Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Angela Merkel.
I can see this being an uncomfortable trip for Cameron; people from Merkel’s cabinet are already speaking out at against what they see as Cameron’s selfish and short-sighted thinking.
He also has to contend with his deputy Prime Minister ridiculing him in the most forthright terms for his stance towards the EU.
But what is Cameron’s stance on the Eurozone crisis, not to mention the EU itself? His response to date has been less than clear. Cameron recently stated he would like to see the European Union become more of a network, as opposed to becoming more integrated as Merkel is proposing. The problem with this is Merkel’s proposals, whether you agree with them or not, are clear and understandable, where as for the life of me I don’t know what Cameron is talking about. He waffles on about a less integrated Europe at a time when everyone else is saying that, if we want to avoid an even more serious financial collapse, the Eurozone countries are going to need to work more closely together.
It’s pretty obvious why Cameron is having such difficulties getting his point across. Timothy Garton Ash made the astute observation that Cameron is working in a tri-partite coalition; Conservatives, Lib-Dems, and Euro-sceptics. This has bound him to the fantasy of ‘repatriation of powers’, which has earned him the opprobrium of Europe’s heads of state.
It may turn out that treaties will need to be renegotiated, perhaps just within the Eurozone, so probably not affecting the United Kingdom. It is clear, however, to me that Britain needs to be involved in these discussions. What I’m certain of is that David Cameron is in no position to adequately represent British interests at the EU level. He’s not only too confused, he’s also too much of a pariah.