The U.S. withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol endangers the entire process.
I am a partisan and artisan of Europe. But I draw the lessons of my experience in government.
We on the left who are pro-European and Internationalist wish to unite the peoples under a social model.
I want to make an extremely strong appeal to those who abstained. Vote. It takes five minutes and then it's for five years.
This assumes an upward revision of the European Budget, which is precisely what Jacques Chirac refuses to do. On the contrary, he has demanded a reduction.
France on its own cannot impose its point of view. But neither should it give up on its demands. With a clear vote for change France will be in a strong position.
This revision of the Constitution will not be perfect. But at least the Constitution will not be inflexible. It will be a step towards the Social Europe which we wish.
The single currency should allow the European Union, and therefore France, to balance its monetary strength with the United States. It should help us adjust to the development of China.
But Maastricht was not the end of history. It was a first step towards a Europe of growth, of employment, a social Europe. That was the vision of Francois Mitterrand. We are far from that now.