EU summit - Who are you going to call?
They cannot both be right. For the Spanish prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the European Union treaty agreed in Lisbon in the early hours of Friday October 19th will “open new horizons” for the EU, finally giving the 27 member block the international profile it deserves. But Gordon Brown, attending his first EU summit as Britain’s prime minister, had earlier announced that the new “reform treaty” was a modest piece of housekeeping, that merely tweaks the way decisions are taken after a dozen new members have been absorbed in the past few years. He called it clearly less significant than previous EU milestones such as the 1992 Maastricht treaty (which ushered in the single European currency).