Nicolas Sarkozy

The Arab League puts a spanner in the works

20 March 2011 16:14

According to Sky’s Tim Marshall, the Arab League is to meet in emergency session to discuss events in Libya. It…

Sarkozy’s game

20 March 2011 11:34

I’m hearing more reports about the rather peculiar behaviour of Nicholas Sarkozy, and how he is playing the Libya campaign…

Cameron’s achievement

20 March 2011 0:12

Just last month, David Cameron declared that you “can’t drop democracy from 40,000 feet.” He’s right. It’s more like 400…

Allied military intervention in Libya has commenced

19 March 2011 17:29

Reports are coming in that French jets have fired the first shots in the UN-supported intervention in Libya. The coming…

French planes take to the skies as Sarko talks tough

19 March 2011 15:32

And so it starts. French News Channel BFM reports that French fighter jets are airborne over Libyan skies; al Jazeera…

Allies’ statement on Libya demands more of Gaddafi than just a cease-fire

18 March 2011 20:07

A statement has just been issued by the sponsors of last night’s Security Council resolution, it reads: “Resolution 1973 lays…

Does Sarko deserve more credit than Cameron?

18 March 2011 19:37

Just as the British press is venerating David Cameron in the aftermath of last night’s UN resolution, so too the…

Learning from recent history

18 March 2011 11:40

With a UN resolution now passed, Prime Minister David Cameron has displayed diplomatic skills his critics believed he did not…

A Grim St Patrick’s Day

17 March 2011 2:18

St Patrick’s Day is often pretty grim, not least on account of the American habit of suggesting the poor old…

UN Security Council Resolution proposing a no fly zone over Libya is tabled

15 March 2011 23:47

Britain, France and Lebanon’s decision to table a UN Security Council resolution proposing a no fly zone and a bar…

Cameron’s call to the White House

14 March 2011 17:12

David Cameron’s statement on Libya today reflected his growing frustration at the pace at which the wheels of diplomacy are…

Cameron’s principled stand over Libya

13 March 2011 10:03

Slowly, David Cameron seems to be mutating into a hawk over Libya. I’ve been increasingly impressed with the way he…

To strike or not to strike?

10 March 2011 16:42

The situation in Libya is still uncertain, but the fog of war is clearing to expose a depressing picture. Forces…

Sarko’s bloody Sunday

27 February 2011 23:49

President Nicolas Sarkozy has struck again, forcing the resignation of his dictator-friendly and gaffe-prone foreign minister, Michèle Alliot-Marie, in the…

Breaking: American Diplomats Know How To Read Newspapers

1 December 2010 0:57

One thing the Wikileaks cables reveal, frankly, is the banality of much diplomacy. People tend to think of diplomats as…

How different will Sarkozy 2.0 be?

15 November 2010 14:35

After months of rumours, plummeting approval ratings, and battles with anti-reform protesters, French President Nicolas Sarkozy reshuffled his Cabinet yesterday.…

In defence of UK-French defence cooperation

4 November 2010 18:21

The Entente Cordial Redux has generated a lot of commentary, most of it ill-informed, some of it ridiculous. Tory MP…

A day of Tory grumbles

2 November 2010 15:25

Today is one of those days when you can’t walk around the Palace of Westminster without bumping into a Tory…

Cameron’s euro battle is just beginning

30 October 2010 13:18

David Cameron sold himself a hospital pass in Europe this week. His failure to secure a budget freeze has revealed…

Cameron takes on Europe

28 October 2010 9:10

European leaders, we are told, have been charmed by David Cameron since he formed the coalition government – today, we…