Лови момент, Саркози!

Триумфальная победа Николя Саркози на президентских выборах в мае и недавняя победа его партии - «Союз за народное движение» - на парламентских выборах создали наиболее благоприятные условия за десятилетия для структурной реформы Франции. Саркози не только победил на выборах, набрав 53% голосов избирателей, но с тех пор, как он сформировал правительство, включив в него высокопоставленных представителей оппозиции, рейтинг одобрения его политики вырос до 62%.

В первом туре парламентских выборов «Союз за народное движение» победил, набрав рекордное количество голосов - 40%. Несмотря на то, что «Союз за народное движение» не смог одержать решающей победы во втором туре, его общая победа означает, что правящая партия сохранила свое большинство в законодательном органе власти впервые за 29 лет.

После выборов Саркози вернул Францию «обратно в Европу», придав новые силы франко-германскому сотрудничеству и оказав полную поддержку канцлеру Германии Анжеле Меркель в ее кампании по возрождению работы над черновым вариантом Европейской Конституции. Он показал прагматизм тем, что не блокировал переговоры Евросоюза с Турцией о вступлении в свои ряды, таким образом, избежав ненужной конфронтации с Великобританией и Испанией, однако, не отказываясь от своего укоренившегося непринятия полного членства Турции. Также его правительство сохранило благоразумное молчание после последнего повышения процентной ставки Европейским центральным банком, признав, тем самым, его независимость.

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