- Le Figaro - La diplomatie européenne sous tutelle anglo-saxonne: (approx. translated highlights)
"the limit of Europe's credibility in the world has been reached... the sordid battle on the budget between Jacques Chirac and Tony Blair... tarnishes the image of the continent... Exposed to the world, these quarrels between rich countries, fighting in fact for the leadership of Europe, are a sign of the weakness of the entire Union. 'The weakening of Europe will be a slow process, crawling, imperceptible, one which others will recognise before Europeans,' Jean-Claude Juncker declared, despairing, after his failed summit."Deliberately reminiscent of that Jean Monnet quote the sceptics always like to bandy around about Europe moving ever closer to a superstate, or just a happy coincidence?