Crossing the Aisle in Paris and Washington

Crossing the Aisle in Paris and Washington
Op-Ed E!Sharp
Summary
Both the U.S. and French Presidents, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, have brought key opposition figures into their administrations. As Fabrice Pothier argues, in both cases their policy influence has been minimal.
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In some ways, they could not be further apart: Obama speaks with a silver tongue, while Sarkozy can be alarmingly blunt. Obama wears shoes with regular soles. Sarkozy doesn't. But while observers have noted the differences between both leaders, little has been said about the opportunities and challenges of their common political approach: reaching across the aisle, or politique de l'ouverture.

 

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Source http://carnegieeurope.eu/2009/08/31/crossing-aisle-in-paris-and-washington/bz2d

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