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just saw the discussion about that (including interview with Merkel) on France Europe Express (TV3).

Montaubourg (socialist) and Barnier (UMP) agreed that a "mini-treaty" (part one and two in the old one) + a couple of amendments should be voted 2008. The method isn't settled but both are more or less for a single European referendum, the same day. This cannot apply to all countries for legal reasons but could be combined with parliamentary votes.

by oldfrog on Sun Jan 14th, 2007 at 07:05:21 PM EST
another precision :

it seems that an amendment will precise Europe's frontiers and thus tell the Turks to go and Cheney themselves. It's obviously the price to pay to get a yes.

by oldfrog on Sun Jan 14th, 2007 at 07:09:46 PM EST
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Arnaud Montebourg.
Nitpicking,yes, but somehow not just for the fun of it.
I have the feeling that the name is here to stay.  A sort of young lefty maverick from his beginning till today, with radical ideas he is not afraid to defend and a knack for receiving media attention for it, but quite realist in the inner-party politics if one looks closely. He seems to get some presence on TV, even if a polarizing one, at least from heasrsays (not being in France myself).
He got nominateds spokeperson for the candidate Segolene Royal, on track for higher functions.
Time will tell.
And no, he is not an ENA guy (he failed the selection) That makes 2 with Sarkozy, what is wrong with France?

La répartie est dans l'escalier. Elle revient de suite.
by lacordaire on Mon Jan 15th, 2007 at 05:30:52 AM EST
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