"Today’s necessary but likely very expensive action for taxpayers is the consequence of regulatory neglect and of a broader political system’s reluctance to take on what should have been clearly seen as festering problems."
LAWRENCE H. SUMMERS, a former Treasury secretary, on the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Festering disagreements have set the stage for a potentially contentious EU-Russia summit this week.
Anheuser is prepared to reject InBev's unsolicited $46.35 billion bid as early as this week, setting the stage for a hostile takeover battle.
Top executives from Ford and GM are getting face time with Barack Obama, a development that could thaw festering tension between the U.S. presidential candidate and Detroit's auto makers.
If an argument or bad feeling festers, it continues so that feelings of hate or dissatisfaction increase:
It's better to expressed your anger than let it fester inside you.
a festering argument/dispute
━━ v., n. （傷口が）うむ, うませる; ただれ（させ）る; 悩む［ませる］; 化膿(のう), うみ; 潰瘍(かいよう).
set the scene/stage (ALSO the scene/stage is set)
used to mean that conditions have been made advantageous for something to happen, or that something is likely to happen:
This weekend's talks between the two leaders have set the scene for a peace agreement to be reached.
The stage looks set for a repeat of last year's final.