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  • Sarkozy, Solana in Russia to clarify Georgia ceasefire

    News | Global Europe 08-09-2008

    Accompanied by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Commission President José Manuel Barroso, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in Moscow today (8 September) before heading to Tbilisi this evening to discuss the implementation of the peace plan he brokered at the outbreak of the Russia-Georgia conflict a month ago.

  • EU foreign ministers to launch Georgia mission

    News | Global Europe 05-09-2008

    EU foreign ministers will meet today and tomorrow (5 and 6 September) in the French city of Avignon to launch a civilian monitoring mission in Georgia, as decided at the recent extraordinary EU summit. But such a mission's ability to control the entire territory of Georgia, including South Ossetia and Abkhazia, remains in doubt.

  • Presidency trio seek progress on Treaty

    News | EU Priorities 2020 03-09-2008

    Strengthening the role of Europe is a primary objective of the current French and the future Czech and Swedish presidencies, their representatives stated, presenting the updated priorities of "the trio of presidencies" in the European Parliament on 2 September.

  • Lack of Lisbon Treaty leaves EU weak on Georgia

    News | Med & South 02-09-2008

    Although the fate of the EU's Reform Treaty was not officially discussed at the bloc's extraordinary summit on Georgia on 1 September, it proved to be a highly topical issue, with various top-level European politicians highlighting the importance of its entry into force if the EU is to become a more powerful global player.

  • ALDE chief: Only the EU can be a peace broker in Georgia

    Interview | Med & South 01-09-2008

    The EU is in a unique position and now needs to follow up on its six-point ceasefire plan in the Georgia conflict, perhaps by setting up a task force, according to Graham Watson, the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), speaking to EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Czech Constitutional Court starts Lisbon Treaty scrutiny

    News | EU Priorities 2020 01-09-2008

    The Czech Constitutional Court is now prepared to start examining the Lisbon Treaty to decide whether it is consistent with the country's constitution, the body's chairman said in Prague on 31 August.

  • Sarkozy under fire over ‘foggy’ Georgia peace plan

    News | Global Europe 29-08-2008

    During a meeting with his Estonian and Latvian counterparts in Talinn on Thursday (28 August), Polish President Lech Kaczynski blasted the six-point peace plan negotiated with Russia by French President Nicolas Sarkozy for its failure to mention the need for Moscow to respect Georgia's borders.

  • Interview: ‘Political reality hampering Sarkozy’s EU ambitions’

    News | EU Priorities 2020 27-08-2008

    France's EU Presidency objectives, primary among which is the much-vaunted 'Union for the Mediterranean' project, are so ambitious that the government may not have the means to implement them, Olivier Ferrand, the president of Terra Nova, a new progressive think tank, told EURACTIV France in an interview. 

  • Czech, Slovak PMs to lobby for early Croatia accession

    News | Future EU 22-08-2008

    The Czech and Slovak prime ministers have joined forces in opposing French President Nicolas Sarkozy's view that Croatia's EU accession should be delayed following the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by Ireland.

  • NATO cools ties with Russia without freezing them

    News | Med & South 20-08-2008

    Officials from Russia and NATO countries traded verbal attacks following the alliance's ministerial meeting on the situation in Georgia, held in Brussels on 19 August. NATO ministers said they could not continue "business as usual" with Moscow, but stopped short of bringing an end to established formats like the NATO-Russia Council.

  • EU split ahead of NATO crisis meeting on Georgia

    News | Global Europe 19-08-2008

    Ahead of a NATO foreign ministers gathering in Brussels today (19 August), major differences have emerged regarding  positions among EU countries over how to deal with Russia over the Georgia crisis. While most of the eastern EU members want a tougher stance on Moscow, France and Germany appear to be more wary of harming ties with Russia.

  • France braces itself for busy green agenda

    News | EU Priorities 2020 01-08-2008

    The French EU Presidency has outlined how it intends to make progress on the massive package of pending EU climate and energy legislation as pressure mounts on the Union to show leadership on global climate policy ahead of a key UN meeting in Copenhagen next year.

  • Interview: ‘No illusions’ on EU Treaty ratification

    News | EU Priorities 2020 01-08-2008

    EU leaders plan to return to Brussels in October to debate the Union's future after Ireland's 'no' vote. But Dominique Moïsi of the French Institute of International Relations warns the EU's French Presidency is off-course with its attempts to pressure Dublin into a revote and to "blackmail" the Czech and Polish presidents into ratification by threatening the bloc's further enlargement. 

  • EU split on punishing employers of illegal migrants

    News | Social Europe & Jobs 25-07-2008

    A debate between European interior ministers revealed that only those countries with a high influx of illegal immigrants are strongly in favour of tough criminal penalties, while others insist such measures would be unjustified.

  • Czech president digs his heels in against EU Treaty

    News | EU Priorities 2020 25-07-2008

    Eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus has confirmed that he will not sign his country's Lisbon Treaty ratification unless Ireland ratifies it first. The statement was made following a meeting with his Polish colleague and fellow Treaty critic Lech Kaczynski on 24 July.

  • MEP: EU leaders ‘too weak’ on human rights

    Interview | Med & South 17-07-2008

    The EU and its new, six-month French Presidency must push harder on issues such as good governance and human rights in the international arena, including with Russia and at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Socialist MEP Ana Maria Gomes (Portugal) told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Interview: EU leaders ‘too weak’ on human rights

    News | EU Priorities 2020 17-07-2008

    The EU and its new, six-month French Presidency must push harder on issues such as good governance and human rights in the international arena, including with Russia and at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Socialist MEP Ana Maria Gomes (Portugal) told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Ireland quietly seething over Sarkozy remarks

    News | Future EU 16-07-2008

    While Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen played down the significance of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's remarks that Ireland will have to hold a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, the country's 'no' camp found his statement "deeply insulting".

  • French minister defends ‘Pact on Immigration’

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 16-07-2008

    Rebutting criticism from the press and MEPs, French Minister for Immigration and Integration Brice Hortefeux insisted that an EU 'Pact on Immigration and Asylum' is essential, presenting his country's EU Presidency priorities before the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on 15 July.

  • France has ‘ambition of being modest’, says Kouchner

    News | Med & South 16-07-2008

    French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said he is putting himself entirely at the disposal of the European Parliament during the French EU Presidency and pledged to listen to the opinion of the House. His intervention comes only days after President Sarkozy did his very best to sweet-talk the plenary in Strasbourg.

  • The CER guide to the French Presidency

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 11-07-2008

    France's EU Presidency "will have to focus on resolving the legal and institutional mess created by the Irish 'no' to the EU's Lisbon Treaty," says Katinka Barysch of the Centre for European Reform.

  • Sarkozy sweet-talks European Parliament

    News | Development Policy 11-07-2008

    A determined Nicolas Sarkozy outshone his critics during the debate that followed his presentation of the French Presidency's priorities in the European Parliament on 10 July. In a skilled address, the French President accused those EU leaders who are reluctant to proceed with the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty of "cowardice". 

  • The Barcelona Process and the Mediterranean Union: Possibilities for the future

    Opinion | Med & South 10-07-2008

    The Union for the Mediterranean "constitutes an opportunity to relaunch Euro-Mediterranean integration," writes World Bank consultant Jean-François Jamet for the Fondation Robert Schuman.

  • Sarkozy ‘isolated’ in tough stance on enlargement

    News | Future EU 09-07-2008

    Czech Deputy Premier Alexandr Vondra has rejected a warning from French President Nicolas Sarkozy that EU enlargement will have to be stopped unless the Lisbon Treaty is ratified as a "kind of a lie", adding to a growing chorus of criticism from European leaders on the issue.

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