The proposals are to be discussed by EU heads of state at next week’s
European Council meeting. But as the Eurogroup finance ministers did not have
the chance to form an opinion beforehand and with the lack of a new German
government, the discussion is unlikely to be full-hearted.
It can be expected to
become all the more heated next year though. The Commission’s timeline for
reforms is therefore very likely to be pushed back and it is questionable whether
agreement on the bulk of reforms can be found, as planned, before the election
campaign for the European Parliament starts and a new Commission is
appointed in 2019.