The southern French city of Marseille is hosting a Union for the Mediterranean summit this weekend.
The speakers – from parliaments across the region – are discussing deepening ties.
One analyst said European politicians must find a way to cooperate with new emerging forces in North Africa and the Middle East.
“How can European MPs work with parties based on political Islam and how can these parties strike any agreements with their European counterparts? That’s the real question,” said François Foret, a political scientist from the ULB in Brussels.
The Union for the Mediterranean was the brainchild of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Launched in 2008, all EU countries are members, along with 16 Mediterranean partners. They include Syria, the Palestinian Authority and Tunisia.
“Analysis shows that foreign policy and notably the policy carried out by international institutions has little impact, so we shouldn’t expect any major results from such meetings,” said Foret.
And that is the big battle for Martin Schulz, the speaker of the European Parliament, who has taken up Sarkozy’s mantle- making this Union relevant, especially in a time of economic crisis.
Nicolas Sarkozy: I may have no choice but to save France from Socialists
Nicolas Sarkozy evoked the spirit of Charles de Gaulle today, saying he may be obliged to return to government to save France from ruin.
Nicolas SarkozyPhoto: AFP
By Peter Allen, France
2:32PM GMT 06 Mar 2013
The 58-year-old former President said he does not want to return to politics, but “may be obliged to” because of the failures of Socialist President Francois Hollande, who is suffering from record low approval ratings of 37 per cent as France’s economy continues to stagnate.
Mr Sarkozy, a Right-wing conservative, who has been out of power since May last year since losing to Mr Hollande, told the current affairs magazine Valeurs Actuelles: “There may unfortunately be a moment when the question is no longer :'Do you feel like it?’ but 'Have you got a choice?’
“In which case I can no longer tell myself: 'I am happy, I take my daughter to school, and I take part in conferences around the world.
“In which case, certainly, I will be forced to return. Not because I feel like it. Because of duty. Solely because it is France.”
Speculation that Mr Sarkozy may make a comeback to run in the 2017 election has grown in recent months.
He is still popular with the rank-and-file of his UMP party, which has struggled to find an adequate successor. Bernadette Chirac, the wife of Jacques Chirac, the former French president, last month joined mounting calls for him to run.
Alain Juppé, his former foreign minister, last month said: “I get the feeling that [wants to run], even if it’s not for me to answer that question in his place.
Until now, Mr Sarkozy has kept quiet about his ambitions of running again and has instead tackled the global speaking circuit, similar to Tony Blair.
Mr Sarkozy has often tried to evoke the spirit of General De Gaulle, the Second World War leader who went on to lead France right up until the late 1960s.
De Gaulle was consumed by a sense of duty for his homeland, regularly sacrificing personal ambitions for the good of his nation.
But the diminutive Mr Sarkozy has never been viewed with anything like the same reverence as De Gaulle, a towering figure of 6ft 4 ins who dominated post-war Europe.
Not only is Mr Sarkozy facing a number of corruption enquiries, he is also deeply unpopular among huge sections of French society.
Mr Sarkozy and his third wife, the former supermodel Carla Bruni, currently live in central Paris with their 17-month-old daughter Giulia.
This has made his claim that he now takes “my daughter to school” sound an unlikely one.
The Sarkozys’ home was raided by anti-corruption police last year in connection with the so-called Bettencourt Affair.
This has seen key Sarkozy lieutenants accused of accepting envelopes full of cash from Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oreal heiress who this week was named by Forbes as the richest woman in the world, in return for future tax breaks.
Mr Sarkozy has denied any wrong doing, but has been made a “material witness” in a criminal inquiry into the scandal.
Other accusations include claims - which he denies - that he accepted millions of pounds worth of illegal cash from former Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi.
Mr Sarkozy lost his presidential immunity from prosecution when beaten by Socialist Francois Hollande in elections last May.
Even if he were to consider another run, he would have to overcome the obstacle of his wife, who has made it clear she has “no desire” for him to “dive back into that world.”
UPDATE 1-France's Sarkozy urges free elections in Egypt Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:03pm GMT Print | Single Page[-] Text [+] PARIS Feb 11 (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged Egypt to take steps towards free elections following the departure of Hosni Mubarak on Friday.
"France ardently hopes the new Egyptian authorities will take steps that lead to establishment of democratic institutions through free and transparent elections," he said in a statement issued by his Elysee Palace office.
Sarkozy described Mubarak's decision to quit as "courageous and necessary" at a "historic moment" for Egypt after weeks of protest and demand for change.
"France urges the Egyptian authorities to proceed as fast as feasible with the reforms needed to turn Egypt into a free and pluralist society," he said in a statement. (Reporting by Brian Love; Editing by Matthew Jones) ........................................................................... What Is Really Behind the Mediterranean Union? From the desk of John Laughland on Wed, 2008-03-12 13:52
There are moments in history when the geopolitical balance seems to shift clearly in one direction or the other. Currently within the EU, power seems to have just moved noticeably from France to Germany on a clear issue of substance. It is not the first of such shifts and, while it may not be the last either. But it is substantial and merits comment. I refer to the issue of the Union of the Mediterranean.
The Union of the Mediterranean is a project conceived by Nicolas Sarkozy, the mercurial and hyperactive French president known for his capricious sex life and his loose tongue. Indeed, the former may be an subconscious cause of his proposal to create a political “Club Med”, since all three Madames Sarkozy have been of distinctly Southern European blood, as indeed Sarkozy is himself. The first Madame Sarkozy, Marie-Dominique Culioli, was Corsican; the second, Cécilia María Sara Isabel Ciganer-Albéniz, was born of a Jewish-Russian (possible gypsy) father, André Ciganer (né Aron Chouganov) and a Spanish-Belgian mother; while the third Madame Sarkozy, Carla Bruni, is still even now an Italian national while having become the First Lady of France. Sarkozy himself, of course, is the son of a Hungarian émigré and he was in fact brought up by his Greek-Jewish maternal grandfather as his father left the marital home when he was three.
Sarkozy originally came up with the idea of a Mediterranean Union during his campaign in 2007 to become president. He announced his intention to hold the founding summit during the French presidency of the European Union, i.e. in July-December this year, and the latest news reports indicate that he has been successful: there will indeed be a summit of all heads of state and government from all the countries of the Mediterranean in Paris on 13th July, and they will be invited to stay the night and attend the Bastille Day celebrations the following morning.
The geopolitical and political motives behind this proposal seemed fairly obvious at first sight. Politically, Sarkozy’s interest in setting up the Mediterranean Union would be to offer Turkey an alternative to full EU membership. This is certainly how the plan is being peddled in Paris. The second geopolitical motive would be to reinforce France’s weight on the world stage. European enlargement since the end of the Cold War has been directed almost exclusively at countries which are more or less in the German geopolitical orbit – not just the former Communist states integrated in 2004 but also Austria, Sweden and Finland which joined the EU in 1995. The creation of a political “Club Med” is perhaps a typical example of the French love of the politics of the grand gesture, but there seems little doubt that it would institutionalise France’s leadership role in an area where she has huge historical ties and considerable political influence, from North Africa to Lebanon and Syria.
On closer inspection, however, all is not as it seems. First, Sarkozy has effectively abandoned his opposition to Turkish accession. In the summer of 2007, France voted in favour of opening new “chapters” in the accession negotiations with Turkey. Paris has not put the freezing of those negotiations on the agenda for the French presidency later this year, and there will never be a “French” presidency ever again because the Lisbon treaty abandons the principle by which the European Council is chaired by one country every six months. More insidiously, Sarkozy is campaigning to remove Article 88.5 from the French constitution, which requires that a referendum be held in France on all new accessions to the EU. Any referendum in France would almost definitely lead to a No vote.
Moreover, the latest news is that France has capitulated to Germany’s demand that all EU states be included in the new Union. For the last few months, indeed, there has been bad blood between Paris and Berlin as two summit meetings were cancelled at short notice by the French, apparently because of disagreements over Sarkozy’s new Mediterranean Policy. The Germans objected to the plan because the EU already has a forum for Mediterranean Policy, the so-called Barcelona Process, and it says that a new structure would only undermine that part of EU policy, over which Berlin obviously has a say. Austria has concurred: the Austria Foreign Minister has said she does not see the point of Sarkozy’s new initiative. Thanks to a recent deal between President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel, the new Union will indeed be launched on 13th July – but all EU member states will belong to it. Any geopolitical advantage for France is thereby completely neutralised and the new “Union” is nothing but the Barcelona Process jazzed up. So why did Sarkozy agree? His capitulation is all the more mysterious because Germany herself was one of the prime movers behind the creation of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 1992. This organisation has 12 members – Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Iceland and the European Commission. Apart from Iceland and the European Commission, these are all Baltic states, as the name of the organisation suggests. On what possible grounds can Germany object to being excluded from France’s Mediterranean Union when France is excluded from Germany’s Baltic Union?
Perhaps the motives behind the Mediterranean Union lie elsewhere, therefore. The plan, indeed, bears some resemblance to the “Greater Middle East” project favoured by the American neo-conservative strategists. Although the membership of the two proposed bodies is different (the Greater Middle East encompasses Arabia, Iran, Central Asian states and even Afghanistan and Pakistan) the ideology is the same: supranational and anti-national. The idea is to neutralise the Arab-Israeli conflict by “integrating” the Middle Eastern countries into a single political unit, rather as the Franco-German conflict was allegedly neutralised by the creation of the European Community. For there is nothing the neo-cons want to neutralise more than Arab nationalism.
Even more striking is the resemblance between Sarkozy’s plan and the existing Mediterranean Dialogue set up by NATO in 1994. The relevant page (in English, French, Hebrew and Arabic) can be seen here. Numerous Maghreb states have already signed partnership agreements with NATO. In other words, the Mediterranean Union would be but a political superstructure over a military organisation which already exists and which is under US leadership. Sarkozy is known to be extremely friendly to the US and Israel (the Israeli president has just been in Paris, the first head of state to be received with full honours since Sarkozy was elected last year) and his plans therefore resemble those which led to the creation of the original EEC which was also set up on the back of an existing US-led military structure (NATO was created in 1949, the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951).
The goal of Sarkozy’s Club Med is therefore not, after all, to reinforce the geopolitical weight of France, but instead to consolidate the power of NATO and the United States over the Middle East. That is why Germany, America’s senior partner in Europe, was determined to be involved – and that is why Sarkozy has agreed to it. I predict that, in due course, he will agree also to another American policy, the accession of Turkey to the EU.
Daniel 9:27 (King James Version)
27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
by Steven Masone Sarkozy is the 'Architech' EU leader of the Mediteranean Union,and President designate of EU has Islamic states onboard to be in "The Image of the EU (first beast) so we see he is confirming (the covenant)with many" What kind of "Covenant" will it really be?
**** The Hebrew Tenach says “ he will forge (give strength to) a covenant (alliance) with the great ones (Hebrew: rabim – many, strong ones) for one week. So who are these strong, great ones? If he is giving strength to the covenant (alliance), it already exists...The EU and UfM.
Daniel 9:27 (King James Version)
27"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." Notice it does not say Israel is in agreement with him. Israel is not mentioned, or its holy people. A covenant is just an agreement or alliance. It may have nothing to do with peace.
As I see it, and examine below, the alliance is formed to meet common goals and needs, and take a strong stand against Israel. When you think about it, each time Israel gets attacked by one or several enemies, Israel wins. We are still waiting for the Ezechiel 38 war, in which Israel wins its most amazing victory, with God’s help.
The only way to defeat Israel now, to those who do not understand that God helped with the Ezekiel 38 victory, is to completely gang up on it in an incredible way. The entire middle east would have to attack it. Also Rev 17 :12"And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." This looks like UfM who will wage war against the "saints, and destroy the "Whore" (Rome controlled EU through an economical ruin of the Euro dollar).
The French meaning of the name Nicolas is "Victorious: Conqueror of the People."
The meaning of Paul is "Little"--a possible reference to the prophecy of the "little horn".
The meaning of Stephane is "Crown or Garland"--note the rider on the white horse in Revelation is given a crown.
The meaning of the name Sarkozy is "prince of darkness (or tribulation)." And the UfM is c urrently headed in a co-presidency by Sarkozy and Egypt! Revelation 13
1"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy." ( Islam denies Jesus' divinity)
Seven heads,ten horns,ten crowns = 27 The number of EU members! With Sarcozy taking the Helm over it and the UfM which also lines up with numerical divine stamping for the Mediterranean (UfM) is a multilateral partnership that encompasses 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin: the 27 member states of the European Union and 16 Mediterranean partner countries from North Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. However, Greece has been stripped of her voting rights while in EU "receivership" and 42, a nummber associated with Antichrist rule.
It was created in July 2008 as a relaunched Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (the Barcelona Process) in 2008, when a plan to create an autonomous Mediterranean Union was dropped. France is approaching a Muslim population well exceeding their Christian. France is actually funding the building of mosques.
The Union has the aim of promoting stability and prosperity throughout the Mediterranean region. Nevertheless, its 2009 and 2010 Summits could not be held due to the stalemate of the Arab-Israeli peace process after the Gaza war. Sarkozy organizing all these "MANY" together to "Confirm the Covenant could mean the clock has started, and midway through the "WEEK" we will know! Will we see Sarkozy receive a mortal wound (symbolically/politically) to his head and recover?
Was Gaddafi shot dead on Sarkozy’s orders?
Image Credit: AFP
An image captured off a cellular phone camera shows the arrest of Libya's strongman Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte. The authenticity of the image could not be verified.
Dubai A French secret serviceman, acting on the express orders of Nicolas Sarkozy, shot dead Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi and not a lynch mob of rebels as he lay trapped and cornered in a sewage pipe in his home town of Sirte.
The agent is said to have infiltrated a violent mob which had encircled the Libyan dictator on October 20 last year in a sewage pipe in his home town, and shot him in the head, the Daily Mail reported.
Quoting diplomatic sources in the Tripoli, the Mail said the motive apparently was to stop Gaddafi being interrogated about his highly suspicious links with Sarkozy, who was the president of France at that time.
Other former western leaders, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, were also extremely close to Gaddafi, visiting him regularly and helping to facilitate multi-million pounds business deals.
Sarkozy, who once welcomed Libyan dictator as a ‘brother leader’ during a state visit to Paris, was said to have received millions from Gaddafi to fund his election campaign in 2007.
The conspiracy theory will be of huge concern to Britain which sent RAF jet to bomb Libya last year with the sole intention of ‘saving civilian lives’.
Mahmoud Jibril, who served as interim Prime Minister following Gaddafi’s ouster, told Egyptian TV: ‘It was a foreign agent who mixed with the revolutionary brigades to kill Gaddafi.’
Diplomatic sources in Tripoli, meanwhile suggested to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra that a foreign assassin was likely to have been French. The paper writes: ‘Since the beginning of Nato support for the revolution, strongly backed by the government of Sarkozy, Gaddafi openly threatened to reveal details of his relationship with the former president of France, including the millions of dollars paid to finance his candidacy at the 2007 elections.’
One Tripoli source said: ‘Sarkozy had every reason to try to silence the Colonel and as quickly as possible.’
Rami Al Obaidi, the former head of foreign relations for the Libyan transitional council, said he knew that Gaddafi had been tracked through his satellite telecommunications system as he talked to Bashar Al Assad, the Syrian leader.
Nato experts were able to trace the communicatiosn traffic between the two, and so pinpoint Gaddafi to the city of Sirte.
In another sinister twist to the story, a 22-year-old who was among the group which attacked Gaddafi and who frequently brandished the gun said to have killed him, died in Paris on Monday.
Bin Omran Shaaban was said to have been beaten up himself by Gaddafi loyalists in July, before being shot twice. He was flown to France for treatment, but died of his injuries in hospital.
Sarkozy, who lost the presidential election in May, has continually denied receiving money from Gaddafi.