Sarkozy says he wants to shake EU from paralysis

16th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

BERLIN, May 16, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said here on his first foreign visit on Wednesday that the European Union "must be shaken from its paralysis as a matter of urgency".

BERLIN, May 16, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said here on his first foreign visit on Wednesday that the European Union "must be shaken from its paralysis as a matter of urgency".

At a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel just hours after he took over as president, Sarkozy said: "My presence here also has a political meaning, I did not only want to make a symbolic gesture, I want to express the wish that we get down to work immediately.

"Europe must be shaken from its paralysis as a matter of urgency," he said in a reference to efforts to revamp the stalled EU constitution.

Over a working dinner, Merkel and Sarkozy were to discuss his proposals for relaunching the constitution, which was rejected by French and Dutch voters in referendums two years ago, plunging the 27-nation EU into institutional limbo.

Sarkozy said he would work to maintain and strengthen the relationship between Germany and France, whose partnership is often described as the driving force behind the EU.

"I want to say to the German people that the friendship between France and Germany is sacred and that nothing can call it into doubt," he said.


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