European leaders have made their way to Brussels for a make or break summit which will be held tomorrow, Friday December 9, 2011.
Tonight they will share a proverbial Last Supper before they attempt to battle it out and find a solution which is agreeable to all. Each country and its associated leader will be looking to protect their own interests. That is as it should be. However, in order to find a way forward that they can all agree on there will have to be some give and take.
The UK BBC news site has created various pages which are designed to help readers understand the EU crisis a little better. Whilst the media is full of reports on various EU summits and austerity measures the EU crisis has become a muddled issue in many people's minds.
The situation will not be easy to resolve but a way forward must be found.
One has to wonder if expensive summits requiring world leaders to travel hither and thither are either cost effective or useful. Many people however believe that this summit could be the last as, if no agreement is reached, we are liable to see the break up of the Eurozone and maybe even the EU.
As far as the UK goes Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he will take a firm stand at tomorrow's summit. His job will not be easy. He knows all to well that the collapse of the Eurozone and the EU would cripple the UK. That said signing away our sovereign rights would be just as bad. It would pull the City of London to its knees.
Referendum is the word on many people's lips in the UK. People are all to well aware that significant changes to the EU treaty will mean that Cameron will have to allow the British people their say. He will not want that. However without seeming to illegally prevent the people having their say there will be little that he can do. A referendum will be another expense but it could once and for all decide the EU for the UK. If the majority of people want to stay in the EU then it will be one problem solved. His worry of course will be that the majority want out.
This week has been a week of double dealings and secretive meetings especially between Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel. The UK PM has been under attack and faced a difficult question time in Parliament on Wednesday.
The PM has said that he will not simply blindly agree to changes within the EU and to the Treaty unless the UK's interests are also served. It may be easy for him to show a strength when he is in the UK but his resolve will no doubt be tested in Brussels. He does maintain though that he will exercise his right to veto unless this happens.
A pre summit meeting tonight between Merkel, Cameron and Sarkozy hase nded with nothing resolved.
David Cameron said earlier, "In return for the treaty that they want - to sort out the problems of the eurozone - I want to make sure we get a good deal for Britain, we keep our markets open and we have the power here in the UK to make sure that our top industries are properly promoted and enhanced."
Sadly in this life we do not always get what we want. David Cameron this time will have to though. If he does not he could be a " dead man walking" as far as his political career goes.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog