EPO can't hide from Bilski
US patent praxis is now much clearer than EPO praxis. After a US court declared business methods and logic invalid in the Bilski case, Europe has to catch up.
Perhaps its the sub prime crisis that made the risk in the current patent inflation that obvious? My guess is that the court just used good old reason about keeping abstract matter out of patents at last!
While EPO argues that further technical effects, like running anything on a standard computer, allows for business methods and software patents, US has declared out... for real!
Any claims on abstract methods or information (aka record on a carrier) publication are out, while apparatus claims remain.
Europe has to tame the beast at the EPO or fall behind.