Many EU members are having problems satisfying the terms of the "stability pact" that among other things limits the deficits that member governments can have. Portugal has plain broken the pact, and Germany is waivering. The EU warned France to tighten up, and France replied "no". So here we have the spectacle of the member states of the EU, which are the foremost promoters of "international law", when faced with adhering to their own treaty just say no. The likely solution is to just drop the requirement, since the parties to it have no intention of following it when it's contrary to their economic interest (which creates an interesting view on the likely adherence to the Kyoto Treaty by Europe). Perhaps my comments were not actually satire. As Dorothy Parker said, "I try to be cynical but it's hard to keep up".