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Do we really need the Lisbon reforms to EU foreign policy? So long as a big country is in the hotseat when crisis breaks, all will be well. Plus, how is Mandy planning for his legacy?

By Manneken Pis   October 2008

Why Lisbon when we’ve got Sarko?

It would be cynical to suggest that the conflict in Georgia has been a bit of a godsend to Nicolas Sarkozy. But the French president has had a good war so far. Hyperactive as ever, and now holding the presidency of the EU, Sarko brokered the peace deal that stopped the fighting in August. True, the Russians failed to adhere to the terms of the ceasefire, but at least they stopped their offensive. Sarko then had a second diplomatic success when he went to Moscow and extracted another promise of Russian withdrawal.

The Russian…

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