Britain rejected the new European pact and choose not to be part of the emerging European Federation leadered by Germany. Is this a sign that the old alliances are re-establishing themselves? Germany in Middle Europe vs the Anglosaxon and Slav areas. May be I am reading too much into Cameron's last-minute insistence that UK banks be protected from yet-to-be-agreed rules on financial services. Pic: What are those shiny metallic helmets with antenna for? Are there related to my observation about tin foil hats?