April 21, 2008
Even with the new Lisbon Treaty, a European Council President and a more powerful High Representative for foreign policy, there is little hope of forging a common foreign policy while Member States leaders fail to coordinate their positions, even on such relatively unimportant issues as meeting the Dalai Lama or attending the opening ceremony of the Games.
Angela Merkel has met him at the Chancellery. Gordon Brown will meet him but not in government offices. Nicolas Sarkozy will ???
Angela Merkel will not attend the Games. Gordon Brown will attend the closing ceremony. Nicolas Sarkozy will ???
This enables China to punish and reward as it chooses. It also reveals the weakness of the EU’s external policy. And yet, by all standing together and making common decisions, our voice would be influential and no-one could ‘divide and rule’ us.
This is obvious to everyone – except it seems – to our leaders.
Posted in Hangzhou, PRCAuthor : Stanley Crossick