How long does it take an ex-EU official to retire? I'm only asking because I thought the new bunch of unelected commissioners had been appointed months ago, yet the old stale ones are still hanging about in the wings. Senor Barolo has even ventured onto the stage to make a few bitter and snipey comments about the UK - more an indicator about the utter failure of the Portuguese economy to start breathing again than anything else, but shouldn't the Maitre D have a hook? Perhaps it's a new tradition - that we have to endure two lots of unelected officials whining at us during the transition period.
Still, no sooner has the new EU 'parliament' declared their new head official to be a crooked, fraudulent tax-bludger than Greece pops up again. As Greece's economy under EU management has now shrunk almost to the size of Luxembourg's, perhaps adopting Juncker's bent tax haven approach is now a realistic prospect? More likely, the fools in the Berlaymont are likely to provoke a violent insurrection in Greece.
Over Christmas, the first two Greek economic refugees I've seen popped up in the local co-op. After some initial confusion, they grasped the idea of a queue, but starbursts of consonants and hand gestures indicated they were unhappy with something. Cigarettes at £9 a packet may cause their return to Thessaly, or the winter cold. I suspect that leaving Greece is not an option for most; they will soon go through the process of a free and democratic election, the EU will then prevent a new government from delivering its electoral mandate, there will be threats and brinkmanship, and, eventually, if things don't get better for the Greeks, there will be fire.
It's pointless telling the idiots in Brussels that leaving the Euro is the only sensible option for the Greeks. They don't care about the consequences for the Greeks; the idealogical imperative, the thing that a single currency represents, is far more important to them than the welfare of the people of Europe. And that thing is political federation. Hey ho.