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Sunday, 19 February 2012

SARKOZY AND THE REFERENDUMS



This week when Nicolas Sarkozy announced his candidature for a second term of 5 years  as President of France, he said "there is a central idea in my project", which is "to return to the electorate its voice by using referendums".    


In the last Presidential Elections in 2007, he was clearly against Referendums, because as he said, "the President is elected on a complete program and must shoulder his responsibilities"


Three months ago, it was under the pressure of Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel that  Papandreou withdrew the Referendum he had proposed to the Greeks, i.e. to ratify or not the decisions taken by the EU leaders on the Greek bail out. 


In these circumstances, can one really believe that the electors voices will be heard in Referendums if he is re-elected for a further five years?