Words are easy, actions are harder

Nicolas Sarkozy and Romano Prodi

By Richard Laming

Published in EUobserver, 19 September 2006

The political season resumes after the summer break with renewed discussions about what to do with the constitutional treaty. Ratification – and confidence – came to a rather sudden halt in the early summer of last year, when the French and the Dutch voted No. Since then we have been in a period of reflection, thinking about what to do next.

Ideas and proposals for the next steps are starting to emerge. French presidential contender Nicolas Sarkozy, two weeks ago in Brussels, put forward some ideas. Italian prime minister Romano Prodi joined in last week. Other political figures will follow. Their ideas are needed, but they will not be enough.

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