EU a haven from world's dangers, Macron tells Europeans

19 April, 2018, 02:55 | Author: Darnell Patrick
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In a thinly veiled reference to Russia, Macron said the European Union was battling against "authoritarian powers. with a clear strategy to call into question the multilateral system".

But Macron declared that for a Europe "faced with authoritarianism, the answer is not democratic authoritarianism but the authority of democracy".

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Macron's election past year, defeating the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, and his ardent pro-Europeanism have made him the poster boy for a revived post-Brexit EU whose proponents aim to battle the challenges of populism.

He repeated his calls for reform of the eurozone, a digital tax, re-engagement with voters ahead of the European parliamentary elections next year, and moves to protect the continent's sovereignty in areas ranging from copyright to data.

Responding to a call from a British lawmaker to maintain close ties, Macron took a dig at Brexit, saying that the best way to have close relations with the European Union was to be a member.

The speech was heartily welcomed by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, but received a lukewarm response from others, including Manfred Weber, the German MEP who leads the European People's party, within which Orbán's MEPs sit.


Juncker said Macron's arrival in power in France has "given new hope" to the world's biggest trading bloc. A decision to open membership talks would require all 28 member states' approval in June.

Macron said democracy was the "best chance" for the European Union to fight against rising nationalism on the continent.

All EU countries, except Britain and Hungary, have agreed to seek the opinions of their citizens on the EU's future through debates and online consultations.

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to outline his vision for the future of Europe as he addresses the European Parliament.

Macron said in a television interview Sunday: "It's now that Europe's fate is being decided".

He is also expected to push for deep reforms of the 19-nation eurozone. Foremost, the uncertainty sparked by German elections in September set off months of negotiations in Berlin, leaving Mr. Macron without his principal European negotiating partner.

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