Well, for those who missed that historical event: Gerhard SchrÃ¶der had a critical vote in the German parliament and couldnÂ´t go to the EU summit, so he asked Jacques Chirac (the conservative French president) to represent him there (and he did that). In the past months IMO both have become a bit arrogant when it comes to EU politics. France and Germany hold their own summits and decide (at least they think so) for the rest. While Spain, UK and Italy could have more power, neither of them seeks for leadership as France and Germany do. Though one could think thatÂ´s a good thing for the EU having a strong Franco-Teutonic leadership I donÂ´t think so: The EU consists of 15 countries - not just two.