MACRONs CALL TO EU AGAINST ILLEBRALISM DEMOCRACIES
In his first speech to the European Parliament, the French president called for the defense of a European liberal democracy that offered protection of the rights of its minorities and attacked those who took their countries out of the EU to pursue fairytale “adventures”.
“I am for the most integrated and closest possible relationship after Brexit, and there’s a well-known solution – it’s called EU membership,” he said.
French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that “there seems to be a European civil war” between liberal democracy and rising authoritarianism.
In his speech, he condemned what he called “a fascination with the illiberal” in Europe.
“I want to belong to a generation that will defend European sovereignty because we fought to obtain it,” he said. “And I will not give in to any kind of fixation on authoritarianism.”
Macron noted he was too young to have known the wars that preceded the EU but his family and northern French home region had seen “every blood letting”. Echoing the language of historians about Europe’s slide into war a century ago, he said he would not belong to another “generation of sleepwalkers” and let the EU wither in what he called an atmosphere of “civil war”.
Though Macrons attempts to reform not only Europe but also France have shown little progress.