The Commission report “leaked” to the Bundestag ripped through yesterday’s news cycle like a dose of the salts. Some outlets gave it legs it never had, saying that it explicitly called for a mini-budget, which it doesn’t. Both Government and Opposition tried hard to outdo each other in their outrage. Laying into the commission for its indiscretion at once again allowing German MP’s the benefit of knowledge about us before us.
Once the commission apologised (for the timing of the reports publication and not its substance) more scavengers gathered to see what they could pick of the carcass. The whirlwind gathered force and mass as the day wore on, until it became as big a story as the EU summit.
There are important principles at stake here like peer reviewing of budgetary plans and simple courtesy of telling us first etc etc. But yesterday was all heat and no light. Because the simple fact of the matter was that we knew everything in that report two months before the Bundestag Finance Committee was “leaked” a copy.
The report’s author, Istvan Szekely, alongside representatives from the other two legs of the troika had told a packed press conference in Molesworth Street just about everything in the report back in January at the time of the fifth review.
But, as my Drivetime report might have illustrated, the fact that there was no breach of confidentiality couldn’t and shouldn’t be allowed to stand in the way of a lot of posturing from politicians of all parties.