President Klaus seems to be looking for an exit strategy. Apparently he has explained in a radio interview that his famous “footnote” can also be added to the next Treaty that will have to be ratified by all member states, for instance in connection with the membership of Croatia.
However, the Prime Minister of Slovakia has declared that any exception granted to the Czech Republic must also be given to Slovakia. As far as we know, Slovenia has not yet said anything in this matter but it is to be expected that they also will invoke an exception as far as the AVNOJ regulations are concerned.
Swedish euroblogger Mats Engström sums up very neatly (EN) the situation of the Swedish Presidency. Mats is the only blogger who has mentioned Austria and Hungary in this context. He seems to think that a declaration as proposed (?) by President Klaus might satisfy also those countries. We feel less sure about that but hope, of course, that he is right. According to Swedish “Europaportalen” (SW) the Swedish Presidency is prepared to assist in drafting a resolution (?) that would satisfy all parties involved. We have somehow the feeling that Mr. Klaus may not be very interested in Swedish assistance, having already blamed Mr. Reinfeldt for making public the content of confidential talks.
Time is running out for the Swedish Government: ratification of the Treaty and nominations of the top representatives as well as the new Commission would automatically make the Presidency a success and even conceal a likely failure in Copenhagen. Failing in all those respects would leave a very bitter after taste.