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Nicolas Sarkozy will perform a diplomatic feat on Sunday when he gathers together 40 prime ministers and presidents to launch the Union for the Mediterranean, his drive to revive economic and political co-operation between the northern and southern shores of mare nostrum.
Originally posted by Ste2652
reply to post by Rigel
It seems a bit like an EU-lite, except without Britain and Germany to take centre stage alongside France (unless we use Gibraltar as a way in? ). The EU isn't going France's way at the moment (there's pressure to change farming quotas and such, and the UK and Germany are pulling in different directions than the French) so this seems to be like a France dominated surrogate. Let's face it, out of all the nations based around the Mediterranean, France is the most populous and most economically successful.
As for not joining the Euro... that's largely Gordon Brown's doing. Blair was very keen to join the Euro but Brown as Chancellor effectively vetoed it. I can't see the UK joining in the next decade (since Brown won't join and neither will the Conservatives).