GBS: I Don’t Understand EU Politics

This article on the conflicting stances taken by EC Commissioners has a lot of useful information in it, but it also points up the difficulty of identifying any official EC position. And passages like this one make my head hurt:

The issue currently forms part of the internal market portfolio, but a likely reshuffle of competencies within the Commission could put it in the hands of a stronger information society commissioner, a situation coveted by Reding.

However, France is fiercely fighting for the internal market portfolio, which currently also includes the hot dossier of financial services.

Depending on how important the EC’s actions become, I may need to go immerse myself in some kind of EU law primer. Anyone have a time-turner I could borrow?