Sputnik News – December 12, 2017
The leader of the German SPD party, Martin Schulz, wants to turn the European Union into the so-called “United States of Europe” with a common constitution.
The initiative differs little from the idea of a “Multi-speed Europe” that has been recently voiced by French President Emmanuel Macron in his speech at the Sorbonne, Vladimir Ardaev wrote for RIA Novosti.
According to the political observer, the initiative contributes to a standoff within the EU, as it literally divides the bloc’s members into “first” and “second” class.
“The desire to unite the ‘the EU’s core,’ consisting only of those ready for a closer integration of the countries, didn’t come out of thin air. Disagreements in the European community have lately been increasing with the main division line passing along the borders of the Eastern European and Central European states. These states, that joined the European Union after the dissolution of the socialist bloc, differ from the Western ‘veterans’ not only in their development, but also in their stance on very important issues,” Ardaev wrote.
For instance, the position of the countries of the Visegrad group — Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia — that joined the European Union in 2004, often contradicts with that of the other EU states.
PARIS/WARSAW (Reuters) – While Britain toils over its messy divorce with the European Union, France’s president Emmanuel Macron is embarking on a drive to deepen the economic integration of a bloc he says needs to be more protective of its citizens.
The French leader will go this week on a three-day tour of central and eastern Europe, where he will seek backers for his push to tighten labor rules over ‘posted’ workers, a sensitive issue that has exacerbated an east-west rift.
Days later, euro zone reforms, defense cooperation and immigration will be in focus when Macron hosts the leaders of Germany, Spain and Italy for talks, as he tries to enhance France’s leadership in Europe.
RT – July 14, 2017
Germany and France have agreed to develop a “new generation” European fighter jet in an effort to strengthen the EU and increase cooperation between the two countries. French President Emmanuel Macron called the plan a “profound revolution.”
The announcement was made by France following talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Macron in Paris.
“The two partners hope to finalize a joint roadmap by mid-2018,” the French presidency said in a statement, as quoted by AFP.
The fighter jets, which will replace the two countries’ current fleets, “were very heavy projects for our armies and our governments,” Macron said during a joint press conference with Merkel.
He went on to state that joint European aircraft will save money and remove competition between different jets which are currently on the market.
Jack Montgomery – July 4, 2017
French president Emmanuel Macron has declared he will govern France like Jupiter, the Roman king of the gods, shortly after officials told the media his thought process was “too complex” for journalists to understand.
Summoning over 900 politicians from both houses of the French parliament to a rare Congress at the palace of Louis XIV – the ‘Sun King’ – in Versailles, he threatened to overrule lawmakers with a referendum if they try to frustrate the “reforms” he wishes to impose on the legislature. Such assemblies are usually reserved for times of national crisis.
Reuters reports him as saying he desires to reign as a “Jupiterian” president – “a remote, dignified figure, like the Roman god of gods, who weighs his rare pronouncements carefully”.
This bizarre statement of intent comes just days after Macron scrapped the president’s traditional Bastille Day press conference, with an Elysée Palace official claiming the 39-year-old’s thoughts are “too complex” for journalists.
Jack Montgomery – June 23, 2017
French president Emmanuel Macron has accused Central European countries resisting mass immigration of betraying EU principles and taking advantage of the bloc.
The former banker and Socialist Party economy minister declared that “European countries that do not respect the rules should pay the full political consequences” – a reference to the bloc’s ongoing struggle primarily with Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic over its attempts to impose compulsory migrant quotas on member-states.
The 39-year-old accused the countries of “a double betrayal”, alleging they had decided “to abandon EU principles, turn their back on Europe and have a cynical approach to the [European] Union which gives them money, without respecting its values”.
Breitbart London – May 14, 2017
PARIS (AP) – France’s new President Emmanuel Macron is formally taking power Sunday during a ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.
His predecessor, Francois Hollande, is to welcome him in the courtyard in front of hundreds of journalists. The two were meeting in the president’s office before Hollande’s departure, taking a last few minutes to discuss the most sensitive issues facing France, including the country’s nuclear codes.
Macron takes charge of a nation that, when Britain leaves the European Union in 2019, will become the EU’s only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.
DW – May 7, 2017
Centrist Emmanuel Macron was confirmed president-elect in line with opinion poll forecasts. But some voters in France were shaken by the unprecedented support shown for the far right, reports Erin Conroy in Paris.
Voters in Paris showed little surprise that former banker and technocrat Emmanuel Macron won France’s presidential election in a run-off vote Sunday against the far-right populist candidate, Marine Le Pen.
Still, many found it disconcerting that the Front National’s Le Pen was able to win about 35 percent of the vote – unprecedented support for the party, which has been making steady gains in local and national elections – even as the country’s mainstream parties on the right and left backed the independent centrist Macron. Le Pen’s share of the vote was nearly double that won by her father Jean-Marie Le Pen in the 2002 election, the only other time that their party made it to the second round.
WND – April 23, 2017
French voters couldn’t be more divided on the major issues of the day, election results proved Sunday, as Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen were the top vote-getters in the presidential election that will send them to a runoff next month.
Should the fiery Le Pen win the runoff next month, it could spell the end of the European Union, the euro and turn the nation in a “France first” direction. Macron is considered more of a centrist who would continue most of the policies of the past.
With final votes being counted, Macron leads Le Pen with 23.8 percent of the vote to 21.6.
The projected outcome capped an extraordinary few months for a deeply divided France, which saw a campaign full of twists and turns and a movement away from traditional parties.