Next week should give us a better idea of what is going to happen with software patents. Earlier in the week, there were some reports that it was possible that software patents were going to be adopted next week. Since then, the Dutch Paliament has adopted a motion to block this in the European Council, and the Danes are also having second thoughts about the whole thing.
The problem with software patents is that they are not needed in Europe. The European software industry is doing really well without them (or with a very limited version of them), with a vibrant economy dependent on small and medium developers, who would be the worse affected by what is happening in the United States over patents.