Grandstand. “Only a European understanding, united and voluntary, can bring to each of our European countries, a relay and a strike force. » With these words spoken on November 9, 2021, during his ninth speech to the French people since the start of the health crisis, Emmanuel Macron confirmed that, for him, Europe is a matter of French domestic policy, a question which is fully involved in the prospects out of the pandemic.
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The words were not chosen at random, evoking a warrior register and power. Europe, yes. But a Europe on the offensive. Like Emmanuel Macron. Throughout his mandate, this attachment to Europe, defined as the extension of his ambition for France, has become the trademark of the French president.
As early as September 2017, barely elected, he gave two speeches, one in Athens, the other at the Sorbonne, associating the Old Continent with two notions usually the preserve of States, democracy and sovereignty. In 2019, the good performance of the La République en Marche list! in the elections allowed him to move the political lines in the European Parliament, and to weigh directly in the appointment of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Putting European democracy in the world order
Then again, as the pandemic takes hold, he is with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, maneuvering to organize a common policy on vaccines and the European health pass. The adoption of a substantial recovery plan, the reaffirmation of the climate ambition of the Old Continent within the framework of a Green Pact were also supported by the French President. But European ambition is worth more than a five-year term.
“European ambition is worth more than a five-year term. She is a key driver in the quest for re-election.
It is an essential driving force in the quest for re-election. It is now a question of passing from the speeches of Athens to deeds, of concretely inscribing European democracy in the order of the world when the United States looks towards the Pacific, that the “anti-democracies” prosper at the gates of Europe (in Russia, Turkey) and elsewhere (in China) and
that the “democracies” (Hungary, Poland) raise their voices within the Union.
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