Emmanuel Macron dévoile ses plans pour réformer l'Europe
French President Emmanuel Macron outlines his vision for the future of Europe at a speech at the Paris-Sorbonne University
The speech Emmanuel Macron delivered about the future of Europe could easily have been an exercise in wishful thinking, or just another attempt to boost EU morale. Speaking only two days after the German election had rattled nerves with a far-right surge, the French president was well aware that his words – and especially the way he would lay out his plans for deeper eurozone integration – would be scrutinised, at a time when Angela Merkel’s prospective coalition partners wouldn’t all necessarily be keen to endorse them.
This is a forward-looking speech for the continent. The Brexit vote, Donald Trump, migration and the rise of populism have delivered blows to the EU. Even if the club’s economic prospects seem to be improving, its fragility remains real. Europe’s neighbourhood, conflicts in the Middle East, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey are all sources of concern. Despite all of this: Macron is seeking to reinvigorate a European spirit, of the sort the founding fathers created after the devastation of the wars of the 20th century.
Authors for Peace supports Macron's ideas about a better Europe. Please take your time, watch and read.
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