Barack Obama’s visit to Europe in April will include Prague for what is being billed as the annual EU-USA summit. Normally this includes just the Commission, the USA, and the Council Presidency which of course is the Czech Republic at the moment. Last year’s summit was in Slovenia in June so they seem a little ahead of schedule. But more importantly, it won’t be just the 3 leaders –
After consulting the European Commission and the U.S. administration of President Barack Obama, Mirek Topolánek will invite the highest representatives of all 27 EU Member States to the EU-USA Summit.
Thus it’s going to be a big show, but presumably at the expense of getting much done with 28 heads of state/government and the Commission in attendance. It will get in a lot of “grip and grin” handshake photos for Barack Obama.
Doug Merrill replies:
If you were a slightly grey European head of state or government (and let’s face it, that’s pretty much all of them except Sarkozy when he brings the missus along) wouldn’t you want to be seen with the man who can bring 200,000 adoring fans to the streets of Berlin?