In Brussels it is now hard going over the future of the EU budget. From the outside there are few signs of a softening of the positions, although that was not to be expected at this time.
In the background is the debate about enlargement. The draft conclusions talks about having a more comprehensive debate, effectively on the limits of enlargement, before opening up further accession negotiations.
That might not in itself be bad - it all depens on the outcome of that particular debate.
But it all underlines the significance of the recommendations the Commission will be making on future Balkan enlargement to the informal Balkan summit the Austrian presidency is planning for early March.
My views on what should be done are no secret. The link takes you to a more recent report on them.
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