|This is how European stamps could soon look , if the new Barroso plan is implemented|
The leaders of two of the most powerful European Union member countries, Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy have lately been worried about David Cameron´s way of distancing the UK from the core of the EU.
Sources in Brussels say that José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, is now working on a plan to bring the Britain closer to the European Union. The reintegration of Britain into the EU would be done by rebranding and transforming the EU into a new kind of Commonwealth, possibly with the Queen as the formal Head of State.
David Cameron, who has gone on record saying that "Constitutional Monarchies are the most successful form of Democracy", is reported to be supportive of the new approach, which also is in line with Barroso´s previous thinking about the nature of the European Union:
Herman van Rompuy, the current President of the European Union, is reported to be less than thrilled over the new plan. He sees it as a plot by his rival Barroso to undermine his authority as the de facto head of state of the Union. However, observers in Brussels think that van Rompuy might be prepared to change his mind if he himself would be chosen as the first royal or imperial head of the new Commonwealth of Europe.