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Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to revive the EU constitution may not be to everyone's taste. Plus, why the French are dreading the prospect of Gordon Brown as PM

By Manneken Pis   October 2006

Sarkozy divides and rules

A rare wave of excitement swept through Brussels in early September after Nicolas Sarkozy’s barnstorming speech on the future of Europe. Addressing the Brussels think tank Friends of Europe, Sarko called for a (not so) slimmed-down version of the constitution to be agreed and ratified within two years, and for a host of reforms, including the right of the European commission president to recruit his own team of commissioners. So packed was the Bibliothèque Solvay for the oration that latecomers were crowded into a balcony, obscuring your diarist’s view of the men below who hope to…

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