Added by James Morley on October 26, 2010
With an EU leaders summit coming up on Thursday in Brussels, talks that might lead to the changing of a fundamental treaty are proving to be constantly tense between several EU foreign ministers.
Whilst Germany and France are backing the change, other countries expressed strong countering opinions.
Germany and France wish to change last December’s EU treaty, in order to include a permanent system for managing financial crises, similar to the aid given to Greece.
Out of the 27 countries of the EU, many are having doubts as to its benefits and the division it has caused so far.
“The drama became clear to everybody” said Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger on Sunday night. He added that “It underlines the need to find a solution — but the result was not the solution ‘big treaty change'”.
Aware of the instability the discussions have caused, Germany’s foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle said that, even so, there is no other way to provide economic solid ground without changing the treaty.
“Talks will continue now day and night in order to find common ground (before) Thursday” Westerwelle concluded.
German and French officials said that the change is historical and necessary due to the fact that the old treaty, signed in May to handle the Greek debt crisis fallout, will expire in 2013, is taxpayer funded and moreover legally unsure under the current EU treaty.