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Well, there is a difference: UNSC permanent members do have a special status legally, with the quite substantial right of a veto. Sarko however only imagines himself to be more equal than others.

maybe it means shifting their policies.

Well, here is the sad part: I don't wish for France and German to water down their position on changing the economy with view to its effect on climate change -- if anything, I would want them and the whole E rto be more ambitious on that front.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 01:54:54 AM EST
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After trio presidencies led by Germany and France we will now have one led by Spain with Hungary and Belgium. Both Hungary and Belgium warned months ago about the risk that the large countries would go it alone. Spain, is a second-tier country (alongside Poland and maybe Romania) and has been kept out of the Blair/Brown-Merkel-Sarko-Berlu-Barroso directory that has attempted to run the EU in recent years. The Belgian PM van Rompuy is a candidate for the job of Council President...

The next 18 months should be good for mid-sized member states.

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 Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 04:16:27 AM EST
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BTW, what's this about the van Rompuy candidacy? I found this only in lists of Bliar rivals in British media articles. But all the more detailed articles name predecessor Verhofstadt as the expected Belgian candidate.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 04:34:47 AM EST
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You know, I think the fact that Belgium will hold the rotating Presidency in the second half of 2010 disqualifies any Belgian for the President role...

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 Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 04:49:46 AM EST
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Well, if that disqualifies, let's look ahead five years -- so we can't have anyone from Greece, Lithuania, Ireland, Cyprus, Denmark, Hungary either.

But, looking back, in the second half of 2007, we had Council and Commission Presidency for Portugal; and in the first half of 2007, Council and EP Presidency from Germany.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 05:55:01 AM EST
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At this point my money is on Balkenende or Juncker.

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 Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 06:32:42 AM EST
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Ah, I missed this. Would be nice -- better than Balkenende. (Now if only Barroso would resign and Juncker would replace him...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 6th, 2009 at 07:19:45 AM EST
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