Last year, French President Nicolas Sarkozy re-negotiated a simplified treaty that would allow him to tackle big issues such as defence and immigration without having to worry about institutional questions. The Irish 'no' now contradicts the agenda.
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France takes over the EU presidency July 1with an outlook that’s gloomier than expected. A year ago, a triumphant Nicolas Sarkozy renegotiated a simplified treaty, which was expected to be ratified in France without any hurdles, and would allow him to shift his focus from endless institutional questions to other important priorities. Ireland’s "no" vote shook this well-planned agenda.
Date created : 2008-06-28