It is that time of the year again. Thursday and Friday will see Merkel, Sarkozy, Brown and all the other European heads of state and government shake hands, put on the toothpaste smile and have serious talks on high level European political issues. Brown, of course, will only show up if he is not too intimidated by the prospect of another round of Europe slashing in the British tabloids. It is almost becoming trivial to mention it but energy and climate change are once more top priorities. European leaders are set to initiate the discussions on the proposals made by the Commission to cut CO2 emissions by 20 percent compared to 1990 levels and to increase the share of renewable energy in European energy consumption to 20 percent by 2020. The talks will provide an indication as to exactly what obstacles the Commission’s proposal is facing in the Council.