Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

YOU ARE HERE

A Paris hidden within its passages

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is France's desire to combat terrorism tipping over into hysteria?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French police question 8-year-old boy for 'justifying terrorism'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Why was an 8-year-old boy questioned by police?'

Read more

DEBATE

The true cost of cheap oil: Barrel price hits 6-year low (part 1)

Read more

DEBATE

The true cost of cheap oil: Barrel price hits 6-year low (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

35 Basque independence activists face trial in Spain

Read more

ENCORE!

Angoulême comics festival: The power of the pencil

Read more

WEB NEWS

Mexican government declares missing students dead

Read more

Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2009-12-01

Lisbon Treaty comes into force today

Today sees the Lisbon Treaty coming into force and interviews with EU big wigs abound in papers across the continent to mark the occasion.

Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing calls it “an historic day, an emotional moment”. Today sees the Lisbon Treaty fully implemented and writing in Le Figaro, “VGE” is in nostalgic mood. Not known for his modesty, he spoke of his role in bringing Europe to this point.


Giscard d’Estaing notably presided over the Convention on the Future of the European Union that drafted the ill-fated Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe. During a speech on front of the Convention he spoke of ‘making Europe dream’ - a moment which elicited spontaneous applause. There were several such moments of emotion during the process that saw the Lisbon Treaty come into existence, he was keen to point out.

“Europe has now been given the tools it needs but will it have the political will to use them?” he concludes.

The International Herald Tribune runs a piece on Javier Solan who was the EU’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy for 10 years. He never hid his ambition to be the EU’s first foreign minister. Politics and horse-trading got in the way and eventually the job went to Britain’s Catherine Ashton.

Solana said he was proud to have been one of Europe’s guides. “There’s no doubt we’ve established Europe as a political reference point.”

Asked about the ambitions of France, Germany and Britain to play an independent role in world affairs, Mr. Solana was gently contemptuous, “It’s really a fantasy to think you can play in this world of today without being part of this bigger element of Europe… It’s not a sentimental question. There was a rationality of stability before and now it’s a rationality of survival.”

A former Spanish Foreign Minister and Secretary General of NATO, he says he’d like to keep a leg in Europe and one close to the US. “That linkage is part of my body.”

Other stories in the international papers:

Tribune de Génève
Genève under shock after the vote against minarets. Reactions from around the world

Le Temps
Editorial: protecting democracy

Times of Oman
Minarets to be opposed in the Netherlands?

The Independent
David Cesarani: Justice will not be served by [Demjanjuk’s] trial, even if he is found guilty

Hamburger Morgenpost
“Skandal-rocker”
Scandal at music event as Pete Doherty sings Nazi-era anthem

 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2015-01-30 France

Is France's desire to combat terrorism tipping over into hysteria?

The international press examines the revelation that police in France have questioned an 8-year-old child over his comments defending terrorism. Also, publications in Jordan call...

Read more

2015-01-30 Paris

'Why was an 8-year-old boy questioned by police?'

We look at the French newspapers as the debate rages over the rights and wrongs of police questioning an 8-year-old child over his comments defending terrorism. Also, in the wake...

Read more

2015-01-29 Greece

'Who will follow in Charlie Hebdo's footsteps?'

FRENCH PAPERS - Thurs. 29.01.15: French papers focus on what Syriza’s victory means for Greek politics, political unity in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack and the annual...

Read more

2015-01-29 Israel

Searching for a 'blizzard buddy'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 29.01.15: Papers across the world focus on tensions in the Middle East after deadly clashes between Israel and Hezbollah along the Lebanese border....

Read more

2015-01-28 French economy

'There have never been so many jobseekers in France'

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 28.01.15: French papers focus on bad news on the economic front with a new rise in unemployment figures in December. Business paper Les Echos points out...

Read more