So is Chirac now set on excluding much of the New Europe from the EU? Not yet, it seems, but an interesting article in the latest Economist (link requires subscription) includes the following:
“Alain Duhamel, an influential pro-European commentator, gave an insight into the French establishment’s thinking in a recent article in the left-leaning newspaper Libération headlined “Europe: stop enlargement”. He gave warning that the dreams of those who want a “European Europe” are in danger of being swamped by new arrivals “fascinated” by the United States: “the Europe of Brussels is encircled by the Europe of Washington.” Mr Duhamel urged the French parliament to refuse to ratify enlargement.”
More on this topic to come, doubtless.