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Sme - Slovakia | 21/10/2010

Jana Kobzová on the new German-French imperialism

Exclusive summit meetings like the one taking place this week in the northern French town of Deauville between Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and Dmitry Medvedev arouse suspicion, writes the political scientist Jana Kobzová of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Multi-polar Europe must not be lead in an imperial manner by its major powers, Kobzová comments in the liberal daily Sme: "Deauville made a name for itself in the 19th century as a seaside resort at a time when the powerful states had divided Europe into spheres of influence. The meeting reminds one of such arrangements between the powerful, of Bismarck and Talleyrand. ... Europe today ... faces problems for which it lacks a solution mechanism. There's no shortage of topics for discussion. The question that remains, however, is what will change for Europe's security after this discussion in Deauville to which the leaders of France, Germany and Russia invited neither 90 percent of the states of Europe nor the increasingly important player Turkey. ... The problem is not just the meeting in Deauville, but also the trend we're seeing. The EU threatens to return to the times when it was divided among the spheres of influence of Europe's major powers. Nothing good for the multi-polar continent can come of that."

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