Macron's European Union 'renaissance' seeks to halt populist wave

Macron's European Union 'renaissance' seeks to halt populist wave

Macron's European Union 'renaissance' seeks to halt populist wave

German Justice Minister Katarina Barley on Tuesday thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for his plan for "European renaissance", saying that Europe needed to unite and become stronger, Trend reports referring to Reuters.

Furthermore, the French head of state called on European institutions and states to take part in a "Conference for Europe" by year-end to propose all necessary changes to the bloc's political project.

He also suggests that British people were not properly informed before voting for Brexit.

If Orban is endorsing Macron's proposals, it is because Macron's police-state proposals are compatible with the far-right policies pursued by capitalist regimes across Eastern Europe.

Macron's address came less than a month from the UK's anticipated exit from the EU and three months ahead of the European elections that some observers believed threatened to bring to power populist forces who supported nationalist agendas such as Brexit.

Macron's European Union 'renaissance' seeks to halt populist wave
Macron's European Union 'renaissance' seeks to halt populist wave

His proposals included the creation of a European agency which would provide experts to protect the voting process of each member state from cyber attacks and manipulations.

Macron called for a "Conference for Europe" to be set up by the end of 2019 "in order to propose all the changes our political project needs, which is open even to amending the European Union treaties". In this same spirit of independence, we should also ban the funding of European political parties by foreign powers.

"This is why I am calling on all those who care about the EU, to cooperate closely during and after the European elections", he added.

He also urged negotiating a new "treaty on defence and security", and setting up a European security council that would include Britain to promote collective defence initiatives. Paris even recalled its ambassador for a few days to protest perceived Italian meddling in French domestic politics, after Italian Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio met with French yellow vest activists seeking to run for the European Parliament.

He favours a more protectionist approach to some commercial sectors and the adoption of "European preferences in strategic industries ... as our American and Chinese competitors do". In fact, the pledges of hundreds of billions of euros in new military spending made by European Union countries in recent years have come overwhelmingly at the expense of the working class, which has suffered a decade of intense European Union austerity and public-sector wage freezes since the 2008 Wall Street crash. "In this Europe, the United Kingdom, I am sure, will find its true place".

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