The Congress' Jaipur "declaration" was lost in the hullaballoo over Rahul Gandhi's "coronation". It's for the first time since the Panchmarhi session in 1998 that the declaration was silent on alliances. The political affairs committee headed by A.K. Antony said in its discussion paper that coalition politics was a reality. But party leaders, especially from Bihar and Deepa Dasmunshi from West Bengal put up a stiff opposition to pre-poll alliances, arguing that these were eating into the party's base. Even Kamal Nath stressed on the need to go it alone in the elections.
These days, the unravelling of the Eurozone is showing up the quality of decision-making by the bureaucracies proliferating in Europe. Rather than serve as an exemplar of liberalism and freedom, the EU has made itself a closed shop, as unwelcoming, for example, to those from Asia as it is insistent that Asia should open its doors to Europe without restraint.