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August 2015
French EU Presidency

55 posts
French EU Presidency: time to take stock NEW
CTA Brussels Weblog 6 Years, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
As eyes now turn to the Czech Republic, it is time for France to assess the results of six busy mont...
Assessing the French EU Presidency NEW
Erkan's field diary 6 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Sarkozy’s Holy Alliance NEW
Grahnlaw 6 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 17 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Six months at the helm of the European Council has taught French President Nicolas Sarkozy the wrong lessons.According to Sarkozy, only the heads of state (France) or government (most of the others) have the legitimacy to move Europe forward.This fal...
Sarkozy- von Europaparlament bis Eistanz NEW
Daniel Caspary 6 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Ich war ganz begeistert, als ich am vergangenen Dienstag ausgerechnet während der Plenardebatte mit...
Qui va succéder à Jean-Pierre Jouyet? NEW
Eurojunkie 6 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
La nomination de Jean-Pierre Jouyet à la tête de l’AMF a beau être un choix on ne peut plus judicieux, c’est une décision que je regrette (1). L’AMF a peut-être besoin d’un pro-européen consensuel à sa tête mais d̵...
Nicolas Sarkozy au Parlement européen : Géorgie, crise financière, paquet énergie climat et échanges d'amabilités NEW
Le Taurillon 6 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Nicolas Sarkozy a présenté l'action à mi-présidence de la France devant le Parlement européen en ce mardi 21 octobre 2008 à 10h. br /Quatre grands sujets ont été développés durant le discours du président français : son action face à la...
Présidence française : Touteleurope.fr fait feu de tout bois ! NEW
Le Taurillon 6 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
La Présidence Française du Conseil de l'Union européenne (PFUE) est l'occasion de faire feu de tout bois pour les sites consacrés à l'Europe. Touteleurope.fr ne fait pas exceptionhellip; et quelle activité ! Touteleurope le mag (vidéo), grande...
The French EU Presidency in Troubled Times NEW
Social Europe 6 Years, 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
The new issue of Social Europe Journal is dedicated to the French EU Presidency after the Irish ‘no’ to the Lisbon Treaty. This journal includes the exclusive English version of French Foreign Secretary Bernhard Kouchner’s speech at...
Sarko in the Celtic Tiger’s cage NEW
Public Affairs 2.0 7 Years, 1 Week, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Image via Wikipedia The second in our now regular series of blog posts from our lovely French colleagues over in Paris…grrrrrrr. After the announcement of the “No” on Friday, June 13, Dublin erupted in jubilation. But the next day, Ireland...
Celebrity politics NEW
Stanley Crossick 7 Years, 1 Week, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
As thoughts of vacation drift before our eyes, we may perhaps be permitted a little musing.  The two biggest political names in July 2008 are Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama - who meet today in Paris.    The French President’s Mediterranean...
The Irish Lisbon revote: in 9 months, 15 months, or never NEW
A Fistful of Euros 7 Years, 2 Weeks, 23 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Nicolas Sarkozy is going to Dublin for a few hours on Monday.  Going by the Elysee website, his agenda for Barack Obama’s visit on Wednesday is far clearer than for his visit to Ireland.   On what is ostensibly a listening tour to understan...
What French NGOs will be doing during the French Presidency of the EU NEW
euforic 7 Years, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
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Sarkozy Testing Waters NEW
European Union Law Blog 7 Years, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Seitdem bekannt wurde, dass Nicolas Sarkozy vor UMP-Abgeordneten geäußert haben soll, dass er ein weiteres Referendum in Irland wünscht, habe ich mir Gedanken über sein taktisches Vorgehen gemacht. Natürlich löste seine...
Nicolas de Funes NEW
Reflexionen 7 Years, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Frankreichs Präsident Nicolas Sarkozy hat also losgelegt mit seiner EU-Ratspräsidentschaft...
In Freundschaft, vorwärts! NEW
Planet in Progress (Die Zeit) 7 Years, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Was ist die neue Mittelmeerunion nun? Eine Friedenskooperative für den Nahen Osten mit europäischem Copyright? Oder ein milliardenschweres Entwicklungsprogramm für Nordafrika und die Levante, das die EU ohne weitere politische Vorbedingungen an ei...
Lisbon Treaty: Sarkozy accused NEW
Grahnlaw 7 Years, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
The Irish ’no’ side has hurled accusations at the current president of the European Council, France’s Nicoalas Sarkozy, for suggesting a second referendum in Ireland on the EU Treaty of Lisbon, ahead of his discussions with the Irish government...
The latest Euro-Med jamboree NEW
Centre for European Reform 7 Years, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 40 Minutes ago
By Clara Marina O'DonnellOn July 13th, President Sarkozy, surrounded by 42 EU and Mediterranean leaders, launched his pet project, the Union for the Mediterranean. The Paris summit was a success. The turnout was impressive and the mood constructive.
Monsieur Cowen is not amused NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 7 Years, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 59 Minutes ago
How not to win friends and influence people...
Sturm im Champagnerglas NEW
Planet in Progress (Die Zeit) 7 Years, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Nach dem glamorösen Gipfel von Paris bleiben Zweifel. Wie lange wird die neue Mittelmeerunion wohl halten? Der Mann ist nicht nur ein Macher. Er ist auch ein Poet. „,Gestalten’ ist neben ‚lieben’ eines der schönsten Worte überhaupt“, dic...
Sarkozy bounces back NEW
Brussels Blog (Financial Times) 7 Years, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
For those of you who missed Nicolas Sarkozy’s appearance last week at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, there are always YouTube and Dailymotion. In one revealing clip, the unforgettable 1968 student rebel Daniel Cohn-Bendit, now a Green...
The Sarko show: let the curtain rise! NEW
Public Affairs 2.0 7 Years, 3 Weeks, 3 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Image by looking4poetry via Flickr In what we hope will be a series of regular reflections from our  colleagues at FH Paris on Bld Haussman during the current EU French Presidency, a mail arrives with this guest contribution from Clemence Choutet an...
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 7 Years, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Can France bring the Mediterranean countries together?
Feige Diplomatie zu Lasten der EU NEW
Reflexionen 7 Years, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Nicolas Sarkozy fährt zu der Eröffnungsfeier der Olympischen Spiele in Peking. Er hat es sich mal wieder anders überlegt...
Sarkozy must be careful to leave EU's options open NEW
Richard Corbett 7 Years, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
Nikolas Sarkozy's first speech in the European Parliament as President of the European Council was the closing highlight of the final Strasbourg session before the summer recess. His speech was far more conciliatory than perhaps people had been ex...
Sarkozy on EU treaty perspectives NEW
Grahnlaw 7 Years, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Waiting for the French EU Council presidency site – a href="http://www.ue2008.fr/"www.ue2008.fr/a – to post a written version of president Nicolas Sarkozy’s speech in the European Parliament, we turn to a few news reports, because it is more co...
A coup for Hu NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 7 Years, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
One less boycotter for the Beijing Olympics...
French press for EU summit on CAP NEW
Common Agricultural Policy 7 Years, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
French farm leaders have asked President Sarkozy to organise a Special Summit of EU heads of government on 'EU ambitions for the agriculture and agri-food sectors.' Perhaps the word 'EU' should be replaced by 'French'.French Farm Minister Michel Bar...
Sarko’s not-so-grand plan NEW
Brussels Blog (Financial Times) 7 Years, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Just read the latest version of Sarko’s “European pact on immigration“. To recap, this is his plan for European countries to bring their immigration policies closer together. EU interior ministers broadly backed the measure at th...
Analysis: Weak start to Sarkozy’s EU presidency NEW
The White Bull Blog 7 Years, 1 Month, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes ago
France holds the rotating presidency of the European Union until December 2008. With a president like Nicolas Sarkozy, the agenda of the traditionally boring EU all of a sudden becomes entertaining. France makes sure to play its role properly, but S...
Sarko to the Rescue NEW
Gulf Stream Blues 7 Years, 1 Month, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Can Sarkozy save Europe? This was the question being asked in France over the weekend, featured in big bold letters in Sunday’s Le Parisien. As France took the helm of the rotating European presidency yesterday, it seemed as if the only person who...
The French Presidency NEW
Margot Wallström (DG Communication) 7 Years, 1 Month, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
The first day of the French Presidency of the EU could not have been more beautiful in Paris: warm, sunny and a blue sky.  The whole European Commission went there by train to meet the French government and experienced an overwhelming programme, inc...
M le Président: écouter, écouter… NEW
Stanley Crossick 7 Years, 1 Month, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Day Two of the French Presidency: President Sarkozy has postponed his trip to Ireland, but unfortunately he has not cancelled it. He will go on 21 July. Will he be there to lecture or to listen? He and Bernard Kouchner have already upset the Irish. H...
Sarkozy and source amnesia NEW
Brussels Blog (Financial Times) 7 Years, 1 Month, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Question: What do the European Central Bank, EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson, French army commanders, French public television broadcasters, the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia and Snagglepuss the Mountain Lion have in common? Answer:...
You’re chairing GAERC for 6 months you idiot NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 7 Years, 1 Month, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Hell. If it’s not McCreevy saying he’s not read the Treaty of Lisbon then it’s French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner stating his ignorance. As reported by the Financial Times Kouchner today said: “No one understands the ins...
Website in “average shape” as France takes over NEW
Public Affairs 2.0 7 Years, 1 Month, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Today is significant. Firstly, it’s 30 degree sunshine in Brussels, and secondly it’s the first day of the French Presidency of the EU. Bonjour. As a shameful Anglophone, I’ll be dusting down the pocket dictionary, practicing my ...
No-one understands the European Union NEW
Stanley Crossick 7 Years, 1 Month, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Day One of the French Presidency increases my worries. From the Schumann Plan to monetary union, the big ideas which fashioned European integration have been mainly French. But the tenor of the rhetoric of the French leadership leaves me incredulou...
Sarkozy's Turn at the Helm NEW
DJ Nozem 7 Years, 1 Month, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
European Union politics are to take a turn for the interesting as the presidency of the Union rotates to France. Giving us six months of even closer contact to the 'frenetic' Nicolas Sarkozy.As a first foretaste, write this down: M-A-R-SOver to the B...
A quick case study of the EU’s problems NEW
Nosemonkey's EUTopia 7 Years, 1 Month, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Today marks the start of the French presidency of the EU. Sarkozy’s task as president? To guide the union from the post-Irish referendum confusion into a fresh new dawn of harmony and mutual appreciation, to an EU both truly united and sure of...
Französische EU-Ratspräsidentschaft NEW
European Union Law Blog 7 Years, 1 Month, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Heute hat Nicolas Sarkozy die EU-Ratspräsidentschaft übernommen. Neuigkeiten können in den kommenden Monaten der offiziellen Website zur Präsidentschaft entnommen werden. Aktuell warte ich noch auf meine Akkreditierung für da...
Can Sarkozy save Europe? NEW
Certain ideas of Europe (Economist) 7 Years, 1 Month, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
And other French delusions...
French EU presidency programme NEW
Grahnlaw 7 Years, 1 Month, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
For those who want to dig deeper than the media reports at the start of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Work programme 1 July – 31 December 2008 is available in English on the presidency web pages:http://www.ue2008.f...
French EU presidency: Win-win? NEW
Grahnlaw 7 Years, 1 Month, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
President Nicolas Sarkozy made some interesting observations at the start of France’s six month presidency of the European Council and the Council.For the main points, read for instance the BBC news item ‘Warning as France takes EU helm’:http:/...
French Presidency Preparations 2: planes, trains and automobiles NEW
Jim Murphy (UK) 7 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 17 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Rich - in answer to your question on 25th: the normal and preferred option from London is to use the Eurostar - simpler, quicker and more environmentally friendly.  If I am going to Paris or Brussels from Scotland (where my constituency is) I fl...
Roller coaster EU Presidency coming NEW
Stanley Crossick 7 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
We appear to be in for a roller-coaster ride under the French – or rather Sarkozy – Presidency, which begins in a few days. Most worrying is his declared intention to travel to Ireland presidency to help find a solution. His reactions so far ar...
French Presidency Preparations NEW
Jim Murphy (UK) 7 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
With just a week to go until the French Presidency of the EU kicks off (and the Slovenians get a well deserved summer break) I'm off to Paris this afternoon to see French Europe Minister Jean Pierre Jouyet. We've spoken by phone over the last couple...
French EU Presidency Logo: Where is the President? NEW
Kosmopolito 7 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The source of inspiration of the rather uninspired French EU presidency logo: Is this an indicator for a strong presidential presence in Brussels over the next 6 months?
Le logo de la présidence française de l'Union NEW
Coulisses de Bruxelles (Libération) 7 Years, 2 Months, 13 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Le site de la présidence française de l'Union, qui débute le 1er juillet, a été ouvert hier soir. Et voici le logo choisi. On a évité les fautes de goût, genre Arc de triomphe, comme cela avait été le cas...
Thalys via Paris: it’s the planes and the second seat that are the real scandal NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 7 Years, 2 Months, 2 Days, 7 Minutes ago
From the start of the French Presidency of the EU (1st July), a 300km/h Thalys train is going to be hired to transport MEPs and EP officials from Brussels to Strasbourg for the monthly plenary sessions. Sounds like a reasonable idea - via the high sp...
Amour fou zwischen Wien und Paris NEW
diepresse.com, 7 Years, 2 Months, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Sarko the Euro-populist NEW
A Fistful of Euros 7 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
In what is no doubt part of his resurrection bid, French president Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed a  vague-sounding cap on VAT/TVA as applied to fuel.  He has a point.  VAT is an accelerator of underlying price increases, since the amount applies a...