Sarkozy and BrownOn the very same day (16 May) as his inauguration, Nicolas Sarkozy went to visit Angela Merkel in Berlin to affirm the importance of the Franco-German axis in driving European integration. On 23 May he was in Brussels, talking to Barroso, the Commission President. Next week (31 May) he’s off to Madrid to visit Zapatero, and he has also already welcomed Hans-Gert Pöttering (President of the European Parliament) and the presidents of Gabon and Liberia to the Elysée – see the news section of the Elysée website.

The circumstances will be different for Gordon Brown when he takes over from Blair on 24th June, for he has won an internal election rather than a poll of the entire population. Yet the need to take international matters seriously, to step up to the top job, will be just as important for him as for Sarkozy. So will he make his first 2 international visits European? Will he try to repair relationships in Brussels battered due to his neglect of Ecofin council? Let’s hope so (as the CER does), but I frankly doubt it.

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  1. Do you suggest he may be sleeping at Blair House, nearby Pennsylvania avenue, on the night after he is sworn in ?

    When will the UK eventually have a Prime minister such as Hugh Grant in “Love actually” ?

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