Paul AmesDecember 18, 2013 01:55
LISBON — While Ukrainian protesters braving police batons and freezing temperatures in Kyiv's Independence Square have been a timely reminder for jaded westerners of the European Union's original ideals, leaders of the Union's 28 member nations gather for their year-end summit this week to discuss more arcane matters. "Banking union now!" is unlikely to become a rallying cry that would ignite political passions. But it may be one of their most important decisions.