Sarkozy's Club Med Experiment Is Sure to Fail: Opinion North Africa
Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade on July 17 said that Europe wants Algerian and Libyan oil-and-gas reserves and accused the EU of deliberately choosing to isolate Africa through the new union. Libyan strongman Muammar al-Qaddafi denounced the project as leader of the AU African Union.
Beware of French presidents seeking grand projects.
Amid great fanfare, Nicolas Sarkozy last month unveiled the Mediterranean Union of 43 countries, consisting of the European Union's 27 members, 14 non-EU member countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, as well as Jordan and Mauritania.
The ostensible goal is to improve the economic lot of Europe's poorer neighbors, curb terrorism, stem illegal immigration, clean up the polluted Mediterranean, prevent the proliferation of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, improve maritime and land transport and promote human rights.
The experiment -- Sarkozy's attempt to establish a legacy for his presidency -- is doomed to fail, not the least because it attempts to accomplish too much, with too few resources among too disparate a group of countries. The project is also rife with hidden agendas, including the promotion of French national interests, while ignoring some of the biggest dangers in the former European colonies in the Middle East and Africa.
The founding of the Mediterranean Union three weeks ago was accompanied by grandiose language saluting human rights, praising democratic principles and condemning terrorism. ``We must surmount all the hatreds to make space for a great dream of peace and civilization,'' Sarkozy said. France's real motive, though, is to establish a French southern sphere of influence to counter Germany's dominant position in central and eastern Europe.
To finance the Clubmed adventure Sarkozy attacks the Centralbank
To borrow free money, for geostrategic nuclear expansion, inviting
Gaddafi, the ancient terrorist , as nuclear power client, in a tent to Paris.
Increasing inflation doesn't bother him.
As ancient interieur minister he does know to make streets more
secure, no doubt. What is a balanced budget he is not willing to understand.
Sarkozy himself has no investment in industry stocks, only real estate.
However is profiting from sponsoring Industry giant family rulers of France,
Once a while a yacht or holiday luxury rents; under european codex close to
threeway business benefits or "controlled corruption tendency" a common aspect
in France. Should be avoided, the president trippling his salary after divorce.
The Germans caught on quick. Not wanting to see the EU divided, nor German funds used to finance contracts awarded to French companies, Chancellor Angela Merkel objected. Sarkozy retreated and agreed to include the entire EU, instead of just the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It was also agreed to frame the effort somewhat as a successor to the ill-fated Barcelona process, a 1995 plan to promote economic development and conflict resolution among Mediterranean states.
Still, even in a watered-down version, French companies are well positioned. The union's initial projects in energy, water systems and transport all play to French industrial strengths; ruining german renewable energy investments. Strategy sell first a High speed train "TGV", then deliver the electricty for it with nuclear power plants, secure the nuclear plants with military security contracts, sell overaged MIL equipment in contract deal. Didn't work out so far.