Thursday 24 May 2007

Treaty in, Turkey out

There is no discourse on Europe and it is impossible, anyway, goes the standard argument of those who regret that the European Union exists.

There are national languages and national newspapers, but for anyone interested in Europe there is at least reporting on common themes, as a quick and selective online look on President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to Brussels shows.

Sarkozy – Wunderheiler für die gelähmte EU? Neue Zürcher Zeitung 24 May 2007

Henri Bresson et Philippe Ridet: Bruxelles attend les choix de M. Sarkozy sur la Turquie. Le Monde 24 May 2007

Alain Bockel et Ariane Bonzon: Turquie, le retour des vieux démons. Le Monde 24 May 2007

A Bruxelles, le gouvernement français laisse planer le doute sur ses intentions à l’égard de la Turquie. Le Monde 21 May 2007

Hannelore Crolly: Sarkozy will EU-Verfassung retten. Die Welt 24 May 2007

Katrin Bennhold: Sarkozy trip to Brussels gives a push to EU goals. International Herald Tribune 23 May 2007

Jean Quatremer: A Bruxelles, Sarkozy séduit avec son projet de mini-traité. Libération 24 May 2007

Charles Jaigu: Sarkozy donne la priorité au nouveau traité européen. Le Figaro 24 May 2007

Alexandrine Bouilhet: l’idée d’un texte institutionnel “simplifié” fait son chemin en Europe. Le Figaro 24 May 2007

M. Barroso estime qu’un “consensus” se forme autour du traité simplifié du president français. Le Monde 23 May 2007

Philippe Ricard: Les milieux européens attendant des assurances. Le Monde 23 May 2007

Sarkozy rejects Turkish EU place. BBC News 23 May 2007

Honor Mahony: Sarkozy to push for Turkey debate. EU Observer 24 May 2007

The list could be continued in different languages, but the main point is that it is possible to follow and to participate in the debate on Europe. All it takes is a bit of interest.

Ralf Grahn

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