Sarkozy Favours Enlargement Freeze

Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s current interior minister, and 2007 presidential hopeful has said he favours a freeze on future EU enlargement:

“We have to suspend enlargement at least until the institutions have been modernized,” Sarkozy said after talks with Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on France’s role in Europe after voters rejected the EU constitution in a referendum on May 29. “Europe cannot enlarge indefinitely,” he said.

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Edward 'the bonobo is a Catalan economist of British extraction. After being born, brought-up and educated in the United Kingdom, Edward subsequently settled in Barcelona where he has now lived for over 15 years. As a consequence Edward considers himself to be "Catalan by adoption". He has also to some extent been "adopted by Catalonia", since throughout the current economic crisis he has been a constant voice on TV, radio and in the press arguing in favor of the need for some kind of internal devaluation if Spain wants to stay inside the Euro. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. All of which has lead him to ask himself whether Thomas Wolfe was not in fact right when he asserted that the fact of the matter is "you can never go home again".

2 thoughts on “Sarkozy Favours Enlargement Freeze

  1. No, I don’t think it’s especially news, but I do think the evolution of the various camps on this question is going to be worth following. Blair is unlikely to back down readily on Turkey, and he will probably have the backing of much of the EU institutional apparatus (which will make a curious line-up for once). What is going to happen here is one of the many ‘unknowns’ about the future evolution of the EU that I intend to follow stubbornly and systematically :).

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