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EUobserver / Sarkozy warns Visegrad countries not to make a habit of pre-summit meetings

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has taken a swipe at Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, who last week met ahead of the EU summit to talk through their positions on the topic of the day.

Speaking after a meeting of EU leaders last week, Mr Sarkozy said "if they have to meet regularly before each council, that could raise questions."

 "That is not the case yet," he added.

To date, the four countries have met twice at level of head of state and government in Brussels - before a March meeting of EU leaders and before last week's summit.

In the spring, they discussed - and disagreed upon - the economic crisis and how it should be handled, while last week they discussed the two hot issues of the summit, a last-minute Czech demand for an exemption from part of the Lisbon Treaty and climate change negotiations.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 03:32:05 PM EST
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What an asshole. As if his pre-summit meeting with Merkel was not customary in Franco-German relations.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 03:40:41 PM EST
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Diary!

(This is the Visegrad group we're talking about, isn't it?)

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 03:53:24 PM EST
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What should I put into that diary beyond the lazy quote and this one-liner comment?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 04:09:48 PM EST
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Some history of the Visegrad group? Is it perceived as being effective by the various countries?

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 04:23:36 PM EST
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There isn't much to say on that, but I'll do it tomorrow.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 05:06:09 PM EST
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I mean, if it is a no-business meeting, why does Sarkozy feel the need to criticize it?

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 05:38:26 PM EST
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Maybe he likes to attract some level of attention.

(ET understatement of the day technology)

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Nov 5th, 2009 at 02:40:13 AM EST
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