Cameron's EU speech: the known unknowns
by our secret columnist in Brussels
Despite the anticipation and long build-up, British Prime Minister David Cameron's big speech on the United Kingdom's future relationship with the European Union remains shrouded in mystery – so Schadenfreude provides a check list of the 'known unknowns'
Things Schadenfreude shamefully does not know:
1. When David Cameron addresses in English a Dutch audience, what will he ask for?
2. Is it free trade, political co-operation – of which there is not much – and not much else?
3. How many of the other 26 heads of government will say that they are ready to discuss his requests?
4. Will his declaration become the basis of a referendum?
5. Or is there a referendum at the conclusion of the negotiations for a "new settlement", conceivably in the campaign for the 2015 election?
6. What will be the question, or questions, for the electorate to vote on?
7. If it is about the result of the negotiations, will a no vote be understood to be a vote to leave the European Union?
8. Or is there a separate referendum, asking 'in or out'?
9. Is the eurozone serious about establishing a banking union? And is a banking union a step towards a transfer union?
10. Can the eurozone survive without closer fiscal co-ordination?
11. What else will the eurozone and the 'pre-ins' – countries set to join the euro in the future – talk about under the rubric 'ever closer union'?
Answers on a postcard, please.