Sarkozy, Carpe Diem!

Triumf Nicolase Sarkozyho v květnových prezidentských volbách a současné vítězství jeho strany UMP ve volbách parlamentních vytvořily ve Francii nejvhodnější příležitost k hluboké strukturální reformě za poslední desítky let. Nejenže získal Sarkozy prezidentské křeslo převahou 53% hlasů, ale jeho obliba se zvýšila na 62%, když vytvořil širokou vládu s účastí vysoce postavených „odvedenců“ z opozice.

UMP pak v prvním kole parlamentních voleb získala rekordních 40% hlasů. Voliči jí sice ve druhém kole odepřeli drtivé vítězství, ale vládnoucí strana si díky celkovému triumfu poprvé po 29 letech udržela zákonodárnou většinu.

V prvních dnech po svém zvolení přivedl Sarkozy Francii „zpátky do Evropy“, když opětovně posílil francouzsko-německé partnerství a poskytl rozhodnou podporu kampani německé kancléřky Angely Merkelové za znovuoživení návrhu ústavní smlouvy Evropské unie. Pragmatismus pak dal najevo tím, že nevetoval probíhající přístupová jednání EU s Tureckem, čímž se vyhnul zbytečné konfrontaci s Velkou Británií a Španělskem, i když si zároveň uchoval svůj dlouhodobý nesouhlas s plným členstvím Turecka v EU. Podobně i diskrétní mlčení jeho vlády bezprostředně po posledním zvýšení úrokových sazeb Evropskou centrální bankou lze chápat jako výmluvné uznání nezávislosti ECB.

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