The countries of Central and Eastern Europe (see the discussion: Is there something like CEE?) in the European Union will have a separate co-ordination meeting ahead of the EU summit on 1 March.
They are afraid to ignored in the possible EU rescue plan, and will try to form a common front against the old and rich(er) EU member states.
I am not sure whether this is a good sign.
It hints to the fact that behind the scenes there is not much unity, that in the administrative and diplomatic levels of the Council member states are bargaining. It is a bad sign, because it means that a unified approach to the financial crisis will not be the result of shared interests but of political games.
It is a bad sign, and I hope it will not get too ugly.
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