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Now he's no longer EU president, it seems Nicolas Sarkozy can't do anything right. Plus, is the single market doomed in a recession?

By prospect   March 2009

Sarko’s post-presidential woes

During France’s six-months presidency of the EU, Nicolas Sarkozy won widespread praise for his high-octane leadership. Just a few weeks after handing over the reins of power, though, some eurocrats are wondering aloud whether he is now destroying one of the EU’s most important achievements: the single market. With economic growth in France stalling and unemployment rising, Sarkozy is under pressure to show voters he is acting to stave off a depression. Whereas last year he could always convene an EU summit, Sarko is now restricted to domestic initiatives like his controversial €6bn plan to bail out…

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