Friday, 2 December 2011

Media reports: Sarkozy's euro speech in Toulon

I already tried to present the essentials of the speech by the French president Nicolas Sarkozy, plus a few comments.

President Sarkozy's speech in Toulon is frontpage news in Europe, but what do the media reports emphasise?

The Financial Times sees the emerging shape of a last-ditch eurozone deal.

The New York Times runs through the views of the different proponents.

Reuters underlines Sarkozy's view that governments must keep control of the European Union, as well as the looming presidential election in five months.

The Guardian thinks that Sarkozy's focus appeared to be on a new deal enabling the leaders of the 17 eurozone countries to strike political bargains among themselves.

The Wall Street Journal brings up the internal challenge from the right-wing populist leader Marine Le Pen.

The BBC highlights the Franco-German ties central to Sarkozy's thinking.

EUobserver draws attention to Sarkozy's intergovernmental credo.

Financial Times Deutschland leads with an intergovernmental European Monetary Fund.

Ralf Grahn