You have to hand it to Finland, and the pacifist and appeasers among the leaders of EU member states.
To placate Vladimir Putin, they have broken the decision making machinery of the European Union.
If any “final” decision can be blocked at the formal written approval and printing press stage, no decisions will ever be final, and endless wrangling and re-neogtiations can always ensue.
It is hard to see how the EU can ever take final decisions, on any hard-fought matter, if the decisions of the heads of government or foreign ministers can be blocked by misusing a technical procedure designed only to ensure the written text complies with the agreement, before it is published in the EU’s Official Journal.
Here, Finland was apparently the country which refused to sign off on the sanctions agreement of September 5 when it was reduced to writing.
Finland’s objection went to the heart of the EU “final” decision itself. It was not merely a question of whether the lawyers and other officials who drafted the written document had gotten some detail wrong.
The new foreign affairs chief designate, Italian Forein Minister Federica Mogherini, demonstrated how ill-prepared and what a poor choice she is for her new post, by taking up the banner of the pacifists and appeasers who have sought to overturn the September 5 “final” decision on adoption of the new EU sanctions.
She will have to be kept under tight control by incoming European Council President David Trusk (the just-resigned prime minister of Poland), if the European Union is to have any kind of coherent foreign policy at all.
Either Mogherini will have to be replaced, or more of the foreign policy authority will have to shift to the office of the President of the Council.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, by pushing Mogherini through over the staunch objections of a number of member states, particularly those on the front lines facing Russia in the East, has demonstrated that he is not the bright socialist hope for the future that many had thought.
He and Ms. Mogherini, rather than consensus builders, appear to be like bulls in a China shop.
The broken China represented by the broken decision making machinery of the EU is lying on the floor for all to see.
Vladimir Putin can take pride in the fact that by his threats and machinations, including blatant lies, war propagand and acts of agression, he has brought this fiasco about.
No doubt he is planning to do something similar in NATO.
The Trenchant Observer