April 15, 2007

TRY TO READ THAT ONE WITHOUT LAUGHING:

Can France's next leader lead?: French voters are looking for direction, but the candidates are no more inspiring than Jacques Chirac (Charles A. Kupchan, April 15, 2007, LA Times)

The EU has been stumbling ever since the French voted down the proposed European Constitution in a referendum in 2005. That rejection effectively constituted a vote of no confidence in Chirac, who had backed it staunchly. The government was enfeebled, which in turn left the EU without the French vision and leadership it sorely needs to guide it out of its doldrums.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 15, 2007 7:07 AM
Comments

Love the part about "French vision".

Posted by: Barry Meislin at April 15, 2007 8:15 AM

The EU has long suffered, from its inception, and still suffers from "Mal de France" - the pretensions of various French govt's from the time of de Gaulle to now have crippled both France and the EU. As a political union, one hopes for the best for France, but for the EU, give it up! The EU will only work as an economic-social union but cannot as a political one. Why would any country in the EU wish to be led by Fance, anyway?

Posted by: MacDezart at April 15, 2007 9:25 AM

Let us not forget that this guy, thought Dean was
a viable candidate. Besides everyone knows that
Germany really controls the EU.

Posted by: narciso at April 15, 2007 9:44 AM
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