Last month, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Nicolas Sarkozy met the EU’s bureaucratic elite at the Old Opera House in Frankfurt in what would, in another era, be described as a putsch. According to an article in the Spectator, Merkel and Sarkozy have grown tired of eurozone summits, with leaders flying here and there but getting nowhere. A smaller group needed to be formed, notes the article, who would wield power firmly but informally. That evening, as they gathered to hear Claudio Abbado conduct the Mozart Orchestra of Bologna, a new EU hit squad was born.
As Silvio Berlusconi has now found out, this so-called Frankfurt Group means business. The article also says that the group cannot be accused of being secretive since at the G20 summit in Cannes, its officials walked around with lapel badges saying ‘Groupe de Francfort (GdF)’ and met four times. Britain was not included but the Foreign Office’s officials spoke as if they were in on the act. As one official put it: ‘We’re on our way to moving out Berlusconi.’
Such a statement may once have been seen as outrageous, but by last weekend it was undeniable that an operation to remove Berlusconi had begun. When Merkel and Sarkozy were asked if they had confidence in him, they rolled their eyes and gave each other wry smiles.
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