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IF SARKOZY LOSES PRESIDENCY TO HOLLANDE, WHAT HAPPENS TO FRENCH RELATIONS WITH U.S. OR EU? Print Email
EA April 2012
By Corine Lesnes, Washington correspondent of Le Monde newspaper   

The main challenger to President Nicolas Sarkozy in the hard-fought French election contest that culminates in a few weeks is a man virtually unknown outside his own country – François Hollande. To the surprise of many people outside of France, the polling data has consistently shown the incumbent trailing his opponent, including in the widely expected situation in which election turns on a run-off between the two men. Long-time stalwart and one-time leader of the Socialist party, Hollande, 57, has had little international exposure during his decades as a French parliamentarian. So who is he? And if he is elected President, what is likely to change in U.S.-French relations or in France’s position inside the European Union?

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HISTORIC SHIFT IN U.S. DEFENSE STRATEGY WILL HAVE MAJOR IMPACT ON EUROPE Print Email
EA April 2012
By John Barry, Newsweek magazine National Security Correspondent 1985-2011   

Is the Obama administration edging quietly towards an historic shift in U.S. national security strategy? Is a change in the works going far beyond the “pivot to Asia” and troop drawdown in Europe announced by the President in January as the first outcome of the Congressionally-mandated need to cut defense spending?

 

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WESTERN PRAGMATISM PAVED WAY FOR WIN IN LIBYA Print Email
EA September 2011
By Alain Frachon, Senior Editor at Le Monde newspaper   

The “liberation of Libya” seems to have brought benefits for most of the participants – the alain-frachonLibyan people as a whole, NATO, President Barack Obama, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and, very particularly, French President Nicholas Sarkozy.

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LESSONS OF LIBYA FOR FUTURE WESTERN MILITARY FORAYS Print Email
EA August 2011
By John Barry, Newsweek National Security Correspondent   

The likely long-term importance of Libya for transatlantic military cooperation has been john barry 1
encapsulated by French President Nicolas Sarkozy:   “For the first time since 1949, NATO was placed at the service of a coalition led by two determined European nations.”

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The Future of Europe: A Norwegian Perspective Print Email
Roundtables
09/22/11

On September 22, 2011, The Honorable Christian Syse, Deputy Secretary General of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressed Norway’s unique role within the transatlantic alliance, as a founding member of NATO and as an important partner of the European Union. Just shy of EU membership, Norway’s active role is by no means limited to its’ engagement in the European Free Trade Association and the European Economic Area, as witnessed by the nation’s consistent efforts to further greater social and economic cohesion in Central and Eastern Europe.  Mr. Syse also offered insights into the future of Norway’s relationship with the European Union, and the considerable challenges facing both Europe and the United States.

 


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