Several countries, including the UK, [are] concerned that a wide-ranging debate on new EU treaties could lead to acrimonious fights within each member state that could destabilise the union. (src)'Concerned'? I thought it was common knowledge that the raison d'être of UK membership of the EU was so that we could destabilise it from within:
Inside, we can make a complete pig's breakfast of the whole thing: set the Germans against the French, the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch. The Foreign Office is terribly pleased; it's just like old times.Which of course is why we needed the Poles, the Slovaks and the rest in before the current crisis:
The more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up. The more futile and impotent it becomes.It's called diplomacy.