We can doubt it, after what just happened during the EcoFin meeting. The Dutch Finance Minister was presenting a proposal drafted mainly by the UK on a new financial package. At the last minute, Jan Peter Balkenende introduced a “ESDP Institutional Strenghtening Fund”, and therefore tasked Wouter Bos with presenting the whole package – without approval from David Miliband. When Bos clearly could not explain the details of the package, he asked for a recess, which was accepted by the Presidency.
This gesture is unacceptable and ridiculous. If a Minister is defending a proposal, it seems normal for him/her to understand the details of it. If he/she cannot, the proposal must be retired, introduced by somebody more capable, or the minister should be better prepared.
Senior European diplomats consulted are publicly very annoyed. This does not bode well for the remainder of negotiations – and we have just started.