About: Sarkozy Archives

  • Coalition looks to NATO to take over Libya operations

    News | Brexit 23-03-2011

    Western nations waging an air campaign in Libya agreed yesterday (22 March) to use NATO to drive the military effort but lack the backing of all alliance members and are divided on the mission's leadership.

  • Turkey accuses France of overstepping UN Libya mandate

    News | Med & South 22-03-2011

    EU hopeful and NATO member Turkey is expected today (22 March) to block a decision by the Alliance to take over leadership in securing the no-fly zone over Libya. In an apparent tit-for-tat response to France's reluctance to back its EU bid, Ankara is questioning the legal base of the coalition's operations in Libya.

  • EU divisions grow over Libya operations

    News | Global Europe 22-03-2011

    EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday (21 March) admitted they were divided over how to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya, but agreed to extend sanctions on the Gaddafi regime and carry on offering humanitarian assistance.

  • France, Britain lead operation against Gaddafi

    News | Brexit 20-03-2011

    Western forces hit targets along the Libyan coast for a second day today (20 March), using air and sea strikes to force Muammar Gaddafi's troops to cease fire and end attacks on civilians.

  • UN authorises use of force against Gaddafi

    News | Med & South 18-03-2011

    The UN Security Council voted late yesterday (17 March) to authorise the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya and the taking of "all necessary measures" - code for military action - to protect civilians from leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

  • EU watches Gaddafi prepare ‘mortal blow’ for rebels

    News | Med & South 17-03-2011

    France and the UK made a last-effort yesterday (16 March) to urge the UN Security Council to back a draft resolution that would include a no-fly zone over Libya. As the international community appears unwilling to take action, Muammar Gaddafi's troops are preparing to launch "a mortal blow" on rebel capital Benghazi.

  • France and Germany clash over Libya no-fly zone

    News | Med & South 15-03-2011

    France pressured G8 foreign ministers yesterday (14 March) to agree action on Libya and back its efforts to speed up a UN Security Council decision on imposing a no-fly zone, but hit opposition from partners like Germany.

  • France, UK flex muscles at EU summit on Libya

    News | Brexit 11-03-2011

    Today's (11 March) EU summit took a somewhat surreal turn, after French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UK Prime Minister David Cameron left the other 25 EU leaders hanging around while they bilaterally discussed what were believed to be hardline options against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

  • France breaks ranks on Libya, dwarfs EU’s Ashton

    News | Global Europe 11-03-2011

    France broke ranks with its European partners yesterday (10 March) by becoming the first country to recognise Libya's opposition and by deciding to "explore the possibility" of carrying out targeted bombings in the civil war-torn country. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton finds herself pushed onto the sidelines as EU leaders flock to Brussels for a crisis summit.

  • Verhofstadt tables alternative ‘competitiveness pact’

    News | EU Priorities 2020 04-03-2011

    Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the liberal group in the European Parliament, has tabled a proposal for economic convergence in the EU. He said his was more wide-ranging than the recent Merkel-Sarkozy plan and would put the European Commission, not EU member states, in the driving seat.

  • Media experts urge ‘reconquest’ on press freedom

    News | Public Affairs 04-03-2011

    MEPs and prominent professionals in the media world warned yesterday (3 March) that press freedom had deteriorated badly in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, but also Italy and France, and called on the EU institutions to spearhead a wide-ranging "reconquest" of basic rights across the European Union.

  • France calls for special EU summit on Libya

    News | Med & South 28-02-2011

    In a televised speech announcing changes to his government, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said yesterday (27 February) that Paris is calling for an EU summit meeting to discuss the consequences of events in Libya. Meanwhile, the bloc adopted sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi and his supporters today.