Member states: We have a problem.
Commission: Let’s do something. We will propose a solution in the European interest.
France: I agree we must do something in the European interest but national governments should be in the lead. [i.e. France.]
Germany: I welcome the Commission proposal but we will need to study details of the proposal. [i.e. We have to manage Koalition politics and all the Länder]
In the margins
France: I understand you have prepared a draft alternative to the proposal.
Germany: Yes we have, but it is not fully mature.
France: Perhaps you can share this with us informally in a spirit of solidarity.
Germany: Ok here you are,but we expect you to share your draft with us also.
France: This is the alternative proposal from France.
Belgium, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg: We would like to congratulate France on its proposal.