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That said, the outlook is bleak for the treaty. It may stumble around the continent for several more years, but soon few will have a vested interest in reviving it - not least the Eurocrats, who are beginning to realise that they can introduce elements of the treaty into EU procedures piecemeal rather than in one symbolic act. By bypassing democracy in this way, they might even get away with more than the treaty offered, especially with the compliance of certain governments. Now that is a frightening thought.