“two crises to be examined..”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said he will visit Ireland next month and the Republic of Ireland’s Taoiseach Brian Cowen is to make a progress report to the European Council in October but, with a sceptical Czech President Vaclav Klaus declaring the treaty “dead”, the Czech Senate has referred the text to the constitutional court for a ruling not expected before October. Meanwhile the BBC’s Chris Mason was on Hearts and Minds last night with a good briefing on the situation, although he seems to have missed the “cacophonous din” noted by the Guardian’s European editor.