An establishment voice casts further doubt on whether French elites see possible progress in the European Union
Jacques Julliard, the weekly’s deputy editor, explains in an interview with FranÃ§ois Sionneau that he does not see how the constitution could return to the agenda. “Projecting five to 10 years into the future – the most that is possible – I am frankly not that optimistic about Europe’s political hopes. We have fallen too far behind. We must also remember that an enormous gap exists between the motivations that pushed people to vote ‘no’ – reasons having to do with domestic politics which may be legitimate – and the consequences of this ‘no’, which transcend domestic politics and are not remediable in the short term. The world’s major dates with destiny will proceed without Europe. Large European countries will participate, but not as a Union.”
The Union’s energy is now mostly coming from the east, but will it be able to overcome blockages from the old members in the west?