World 13 May 2010 Sarkozy: Cameron will end up a pro-European “He’ll start out Eurosceptic and finish up pro-European,” says French president. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML One can always rely on Nicolas Sarkozy to greet the arrival of a new foreign leader with more than mere platitudes about "working together". So here, according to Le Figaro, are his thoughts on our new Prime Minister: He'll start out Eurosceptic and finish up pro-European. It's the rule. He'll be like all the others. One can understand why Sarkozy is so confident. After all, it was a Tory prime minister (Margaret Thatcher) who signed the Single European Act and a Tory prime minister (John Major) who agreed to the Maastricht Treaty. But while Cameron, a consummate pragmatist, may often appear willing to abandon almost all principle for political convenience, his Euroscepticism, forged in the wake of Black Wednesday, is the one major exception. I expect that Cameron is likely to bear in mind Tim Montgomerie's warning: "If Britain's relationship with the EU is fundamentally the same after five years of Conservative government the internal divisions that ended the last Tory period in government will look like a tea party in comparison." If there is one subject that is almost guaranteed to bring Clegg and Cameron's honeymoon to a juddering halt, it is Europe. Special offer: get 12 issues of the New Statesman for just £5.99 plus a free copy of "Liberty in the Age of Terror" by A C Grayling. › CommentPlus: pick of the papers George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Should the UK get militarily involved in Syria? Theresa May knows she's talking nonsense - here's why she's doing it How worried are Labour MPs about losing their seats?