To digress slightly, there's an old joke about the E.C.:
Europe - the best case scenario:
British police, French cooking, Italian lovers and German organisation.
Europe - the worst case scenario:
British cooking, French police, German lovers and Italian organisation.
Looks like we may be going through a bad patch!!
Man, proud man, drest in a little brief authority, most ignorant of what hes most assured,
his glassy essence, like an angry ape, plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
as makes the angels weep.
William Shakespeare (anticipating George W Bush?)