European reaction to France’s presidential first round has been pragmatic. Analyst Ernst Stetter has been talking to euronews and imagining how things might change if Sarkozy loses and in particular the all important French German relationship which is at the heart of the European Union.
“We use to say Merkozy,” said Stetter. “It may turn out to be Merkollande and the weight between France and Germany may be rebalanced.”
But what of Europe’s leaders? How will they react if Sarkozy goes the way of 10 other eurozone leaders swept from office since the start of the financial crisis.
“They won’t miss him. Some personalities at the European level and in the EU suffered from the political authoritarianism of a certain French president who was called Nicolas Sarkozy,” he added.
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