MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, December 2nd 2022 - 20:09 UTC

 

 

Macron calls for a stronger union with Germany to prevent global chaos

Monday, November 19th 2018 - 09:01 UTC
Full article 9 comments
Macron and German Chancellor Merkel have used a series of war anniversaries to project unity as they push back against populist and nationalist forces Macron and German Chancellor Merkel have used a series of war anniversaries to project unity as they push back against populist and nationalist forces
“Europe, and within it the Franco-German couple, have the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos and to guide it on the road to peace,” Macron said “Europe, and within it the Franco-German couple, have the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos and to guide it on the road to peace,” Macron said

President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday urged a Franco-German push to make Europe a stronger and more confident global player that could prevent “chaos” on the world stage. Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have used a series of war anniversaries to project unity as they push back against populist and nationalist forces in Europe and Donald Trump's isolationist “America First” stance.

With half a year until European Parliament elections in which far-right forces look to make gains, Macron made a passionate plea for stronger backing from Merkel on a range of reforms to strengthen Europe.

“Europe, and within it the Franco-German couple, have the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos and to guide it on the road to peace,” Macron told the German parliament. “That's why Europe must be stronger... and win more sovereignty,” he said at a ceremony to honor the victims of past wars and dictatorships.

Macron said it was Europe that had led the drive for green energy and against climate change and was now most strongly pushing multilateral approaches to trade, security, migration and environmental policy.

The first French president to address the Bundestag in 18 years, Macron called for greater European unity in order for the bloc to meet future challenges in an uncertain world.

He said Europe must not “become a plaything of great powers, must assume greater responsibility for its security and its defense, and must not accept a subordinate role in world politics”.

Merkel said she agreed with Macron's assessment that Europe stands “at a crossroads”, before the two headed into a meeting to discuss a range of policy challenges -- from a joint Euro zone budget to migration policy and taxing Internet giants.

The German leader reiterated that she backed Macron's proposal for a future European army as a symbol of a united continent -- an idea that has raised Trump's hackles.

While strong on symbolism, the Franco-German partnership and European reform push have been plagued by policy differences and the domestic troubles of the two leaders.

Since a Franco-German joint cabinet meeting on Europe in June, challenges have piled up with Brexit nearing and a budget conflict escalating between Brussels and Italy.

Categories: Politics, International.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • The Voice

    The Franco German Superstate… meanwhile the UK votes to leave, Greece bleeds, Romania and Bulgaria are denuded of most of their skilled people, Italian economy is collapsing, Poland toys with leaving, Hungary refuses to admit refugees and immigrants, Neo Nazis are on the march in Austria, France, Germany, Holland and Denmark. Great organisation….

    Nov 19th, 2018 - 03:06 pm 0
  • Voice

    Oh so you think it was better when Europe was divided...and the UK isolated itself from European politics...
    Let me remind you of two main events that preceded the European unity...
    You should be worried for your children and their children's future...

    Nov 19th, 2018 - 11:45 pm 0
  • The Voice

    Well, it is mildly divided isnt it? I have no problem with European Unity as long as we arent part of it as it stands. I cant ever see it being reformed to our tastes.

    Nov 20th, 2018 - 12:36 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!