Sarkozy and France’s Stature

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In the midst of a post about the challenges facing Nicolas Sarkozy as he approaches the end of his first year as president, Art Goldhammer of French Politics maintains that: The reconciliation with the United States has yielded a major new obligation (in Afghanistan) without tangible improvement in French influence, stature, or diplomatic reach. I’m not sure I’d agree with that, though. It’s true that, following Sarkozy’s initial dynamism that helped push through the Lisbon Treaty, Germany has become the decisive power in intra-European affairs, as demonstrated by the folding of Sarkozy’s Mediterranean Union into the EU’s Barcelona Process (Union […]

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