Schroeder's insistence that he still represents Germany - the E.U.'s biggest member - means already low expectations for the meeting can be scaled back further.
In the end this has become an issue of ego. But the problem is when you run a parlimentary state breakdown of egos lead to break down of governments.
but here he gives another moment of chutzpah
Gearing up for the meeting, Schroeder fired a broadside at what he warned was the growing influence of both the European Commission - the bloc's executive - and the European Court.
"Nothing enrages citizens more than the suspicion of a creeping loss of sovereignty," said Schroeder in an essay published in the newspaper Die Zeit.
Like being represented by the guy they didn't re-elect