De Borchgrave: If Socialist Wins France, European Union Will Be ‘Irrelevant’

Jim Meyers and John Bachman
23 Apr 2012

Award-winning journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave tells Newsmax that French President Nicolas Sarkozy will “squeak through” his upcoming election and remain in office, but a Sarkozy loss would lead to a decline of the European Union that could render it “irrelevant.”

De Borchgrave also says a major issue in the French election is the war in Afghanistan, which is unpopular in France as it is in the United States.

And he warns that the European Union will “automatically collapse” if the Euro currency doesn’t survive, yet governments will be “automatically overthrown” by the people if they go too far in reducing spending.

A 30-year veteran of Newsweek magazine, de Borchgrave is now director and senior adviser of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, editor at large at United Press International, and a frequent Newsmax contributor.

French President Sarkozy narrowly lost the first round of France’s presidential election to Socialist candidate Francois Hollande on Sunday and will face a runoff.

“If the Socialist wins, the decline of the European Union will continue to the point where it may become irrelevant in the context of geopolitics,” de Borchgrave comments.

“If Sarkozy wins, things will be roughly on the same level as they are today…

The article continues, with video, at Newsmax.

Headline corrected.

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