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Sarkozy under pressure from Poles and Czechs

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Sarkozy under pressure from Poles and Czechs


French President Nicolas Sarkozy may feel he has been dropped in it by his Polish counterpart on the very day he took up running the EU for six months. He has certainly let Lech Kaczynski know what he feels about his refusal to sign the Lisbon treaty after Ireland’s referendum ‘No’. Some have noted that it may be due more to domestic issues in Poland, where his party is no longer in power. In Sarkozy’s opinion however, Kaczynski signed the treaty as president and head of state , and is committed to its ratification.

“Each of us has our own problems, but I would like to say that it is a matter of morality and of honesty,” said Sarkozy.
“What each of us signed in the name of our countries in order to make Europe move forward, we have to assume the responsibilities of the signatures we put down.”

Kaczynski calls Lisbon “pointless” in the wake of the Irish “No”, but adds that that is not an end to it.

“If everything goes well with Ireland, if it legally and without coercion ratifies the treaty, and creates the conditions for it, then I will sign it as well,” Kaczynski said.

More problems for France came from the Czech Republic on Tuesday, where President Vaclav Klaus, strongly critical of Europe, said Kacyznski’s decision should be “respected”, and that his position was “close to his own”.

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