We've had the confusion and now we're getting the explanation.
On the eve of the final European Council of the year, this sixth so far, former Belgian prime minister and now MEP Guy Verhofstadt says in Strasbourg: "EU leaders might as well stay home". He adds: "The political reality is that we are all waiting for the German elections before taking the crucial steps to end the crisis".
As so does Mr Cameron attend the "colleagues" for the next stage of the theatre. We shall watch with interest.