Nicolas Sarkozy

Sarkozy shows extremists the door

3 April 2012 17:00

Who on earth does Nicolas Sarkozy think he is? The answer, of course, is President of the French Republic. And…

A man surrounded — and some assumptions exposed

21 March 2012 18:28

There was an element of bafflement in the early BBC coverage this morning of the welcome news that police have…

The role of Baroness Ashton

10 March 2012 10:13

Recent reports have suggested that David Cameron is interested in swapping Cathy Ashton’s job as the EU’s high representative for…

From the archives: Why England and France will never be best friends

17 February 2012 18:15

To mark David Cameron’s get-together with Nicolas Sarkozy today, we’ve dug up this essay from the Spectator archives by Lord…

L’entente nucléaire

17 February 2012 14:29

There’s no wound that a press conference won’t heal, or at least that’s the impression that David Cameron and Nicolas…

Greece is still the word ahead of today’s eurosummit

30 January 2012 9:14

How about this for a claim by Nicolas Sarkozy, made in a TV appearance yesterday? ‘Europe is no longer at…

Dave in Davos

26 January 2012 14:50

Reading Cameron’s speech to the suits in Davos, one thing stands out: he’s in no mood to stop ‘lecturing’ the…

S&P to downgrade France and Austria

13 January 2012 15:57

The word is that France will be downgraded by Standard and Poor’s tonight. AFP is reporting that French officials expect…

A taxing kind of spin

10 January 2012 17:15

The story being briefed out of the year’s first Franco-German Summit is that President Nicolas Sarkozy won the backing of…

Happy New Year from world leaders

1 January 2012 16:22

It’s the New Year — a time when politicians all over the globe get on their soapboxes and preach to…

Turkish anger, French parochialism, British benefit

27 December 2011 18:39

The relationship between Turkey and France — which started with the alliance between Francis I and Suleiman the Magnificent —…

26 versus 1 — really?

14 December 2011 7:34

Judging from much of the coverage in UK media, you would be forgiven for thinking that Britain is on the…

Was the PM reasonable?

13 December 2011 18:28

As the effects of last week’s European Council become clear, debate about the rights and wrongs of David Cameron’s diplomacy…

The government’s Sarkozy problem (and other euro dilemmas)

11 December 2011 15:43

This week’s European Council meeting has been analysed by diplomats and commentators alike, but a number of issues have not…

Ten myths about Cameron’s EU veto

10 December 2011 18:55

The EU veto that Cameron pulled in the early hours of Thursday morning has been widely misunderstood on all sides.…

Britain and isolation

10 December 2011 13:03

The word ‘isolation’ is used a lot in today’s newspapers, as if Cameron walking away from the ongoing EU implosion…

What Cameron can do next

10 December 2011 10:31

What now? That’s the question. This morning it looks not like 17 versus 10, but like 1 versus 26, which…

A dozen questions for after the Brussels summit

9 December 2011 18:32

Cameron will be depicted in tomorrow’s press as either a Tory Boudicca or an Essex Bulldog (© Tristram Hunt), depending…

Cameron on top — for now

9 December 2011 16:43

Looking at the British political scene today, David Cameron is in a very strong position. His own party has rarely…

Sarkozy’s Victory

9 December 2011 14:28

This is, according to the Spitfire & Bullshit brigade, a great triumph for David Cameron and, more generally, for euroscepticism.…