Blindfolded, European leaders dig their own grave

If the markets decide to trash this 'solution', massive damage will have been done to the EU - and all for nothing, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor.

11th December, 2011
Blindfolded, European leaders dig their own grave
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Europe minister Lucinda Creighton leave the talks in Brussels. Photo: Getty

As the leaders of Europe settled into their tortuous and ultimately fractious discussions last Thursday night in Brussels, they were circulated with a legal opinion from the legal services division of the European Commission.

It was, said one of the participants in the process, unambiguous: there could be no treaty within the treaties. It was, the opinion stated, a legal impossibility. A day later, they had reversed that opinion.

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