“Europe will not be able to defend itself without a real European army”, said Emmanuel Macron in an interview broadcast Tuesday on French radio Europe 1.
“We will not protect Europeans if we do not decide to have a real European army. Faced with Russia, which is at our borders and which has shown that it can be threatening (…) we must have a Europe that can defends itself alone, without depending only on the United States and in a more sovereign way”, explained the French president in this interview recorded on Monday evening.
Mr Macron quotes without naming them “authoritarian powers that are re-emerging and rearming at the borders of Europe”. He calls for “protection from China, Russia and even from United States of America”, referring to the American decision to withdraw from a Nuclear disarmament treaty dating from the 1980s: “Who is the main victim” [of the withdrawing from the Nuclear treaty], he asked: “Europe and its security”.
The EU is trying to adapt to the new geopolitical context linked to President Donald Trump’s desire to reduce US involvement in the defence of Europe.
A European Defense Fund is to be established in 2019 to develop the military capabilities of the Member States and promote the EU’s strategic independence. At the same time, Paris has set up a European intervention group with eight partners to be able to carry out a military operation quickly, evacuate a country at war or provide assistance in the event of a disaster.
Europe’s enhanced defense capability is one of the “projects” put forward by Emmanuel Macron in his interview to address the “fears” of Europeans. Let me tell you that the European people don’t have the same fears that the elite. They fear two things: muslim migrant invasion, and non-elected, non-democratic EU leaders who decide that they know better than the people what is good for them.
Last week, Emmanuel Macron was exhausted. Sources close to the Elysee Palace say he has lost a lot of weight, which could be a sign of depression. He canceled all of his meetings and took two days off and left for Normandy to recover from the stressing job of … talking a lot, doing not much, and failing almost at everything he does. His approval rating has sunk to an all time low of 21 per cent. Unemployment is high, the economy is not recovering, and as every Socialist regime, he had to raise taxes to sustain his Big Government spending.
Here is my opinion: if he really believe that Europe has to protect itself against the United States, he probably should take a few more days off to let the fever go down.
Unfortunately, I cannot say that he should resign: no one in France has the capacity and the vision to be President.
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