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France and the EU under Sarkozy: between European ambitions and national objectives?

Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. and Menon, A. and Passas, A.G. (2009) France and the EU under Sarkozy: between European ambitions and national objectives? Modern & Contemporary France 17 (4), pp. 451-465. ISSN 0963-9489.

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The early phase of Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency proved highly proactive, particularly during the French presidency of the European Union (EU). However, little of practical import resulted. Moreover, there is much that connects Sarkozy's policies to those of his predecessors. Constrained both at home and abroad, he was sometimes unable to carry through his preferred policies. In addition, Sarkozy has done nothing to resolve a long-standing tension of French EU policy between enormous ambitions for the Union and reluctance to empower its institutions. Intergovernmental co-operation has been the theme linking all of Sarkozy's initiatives. The jury is, of necessity, still out on the long-term impact Sarkozy will have. Early indications are that, whilst there has been no shortage of initiatives, it is open to question whether these either diverge much from those of his predecessors, or will have much impact on the workings and effectiveness of the Union itself.

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