Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

The French are so rude! Or are they?

Read more

REVISITED

Video: After key battle, Syrian town of Kobane looks to the future

Read more

ENCORE!

The writing's on the wall: Revolutionary posters from May 68

Read more

REPORTERS

'We heard there might be a civil war': May 68 seen from abroad

Read more

#THE 51%

U.S. mid-terms: Record number of women running and winning primaries

Read more

FOCUS

Divided Ireland votes in abortion referendum

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

GDPR: What it means for you and EU businesses

Read more

FASHION

Anti_Fashion is fashionable!

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

'No woman has ever decided on a whim to get an abortion'

Read more

Sarkozy: must push forward with Lisbon Treaty

Latest update : 2008-06-16

On a visit to Prague, French President Nicolas Sarkozy stated in a press conference that one of France's priorities when it takes over the EU presidency in July will be to push forward the Lisbon Treaty "calmly but seriously."


  
French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Prague Monday for talks on the future of the crisis-hit EU reform treaty rejected by Irish voters, ahead of France's EU presidency starting next month.
  
Sarkozy was scheduled to meet with Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek plus the heads of government of several neighbouring countries -- Robert Fico of Slovakia, Donald Tusk of Poland and Ferenc Gyurcsany of Hungary.
  
The visit had been planned as a regular summit to outline plans for the French presidency, but is now coloured by the Irish referendum which has cast the bloc into turmoil.
  
EU foreign ministers were meanwhile meeting in Luxembourg amid gloomy predictions for the treaty's future.
  
Topolanek has not said whether the Czech Republic will move to ratify the text but he is under pressure from eurosceptics within his party to scrap it.
  
The Czech Republic will take over the EU's rotating presidency from France in January.
  

Date created : 2008-06-16

COMMENT(S)