Last updated on November 21st, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron, after being subjected to hatred and bash from French nationals, has started to voice his ideas of making France and indeed the entire Europe a great continent. In his latest idea, which comes after a stark description of “brain death” of NATO, the president opened up on Russia and the European Union (EU) enlargement.
His 8000-word-account with The Economist, which prompted a wave of disruption in Berlin, Brussels and other European capitals was praised and seen as the rise of a new dawn in Moscow.
Macron’s focal attention was around building security and defense, with the president stating that Europe must become self-reliant, because it can’t rely on the United States and NATO has been hollowed by unilateral actions like that of Turkey in Syria.
The course of action meant that Macron foresees a Europe with strengthened defense capabilities that can better control the US and China, and also reexamine strategic partnerships, including that with Russia.
The core concept of the European Union is based on making the continent function as a unit, rather than a separate entity. Therefore, commenting on the same, Macron said, if the EU wants to protect that what it has achieved over the decades, maintain its bargaining power in the world and build a community of nations and not just a market, it needs to focus on reinvesting those gains and wisely consider the EU enlargement policy.
“Europe must become autonomous in terms of military strategy and capability,” Macron said. “And secondly, we need to reopen a strategic dialogue, without being naive and which will take time, with Russia. Because what all this shows is that we need to reappropriate our neighborhood policy, we cannot let it be managed by third parties who do not share the same interests,” Macron said bashing NATO and the US.
Further explaining Russia’s role in the EU enlargement, he remarked on the challenges President Vladimir Putin faces, and highlighted that re-enlargement might take 10 years and must be looked upon with utmost care.
However, as expected the plans saw a major rebuke from other member nations, who discarded the idea of Russia’s involvement. In a speech to the College of Europe on Wednesday, the former Polish prime minister billed Russia as “aggressive” and as bent on undermining the European norms.
“Russia is not our ‘strategic partner’, but our ‘strategic problem’,” said outgoing President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who has long voiced the threat many Poles feel from Russia.
Meanwhile, German analysts said that Emmanuel Macron presented radical views on NATO and Russia, while his ideas coincided with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a presumed potential successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Earlier this month, the incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen also called for stronger Europe at Paris Peace Forum. However, only by means of increasing the bloc’s budget, and not by radically leaning towards Russia.
“It is perhaps time that France and Germany recognized just how much they agree,” wrote Ulrike Franke, a fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
By opening every way possible to invite Russia, the French President looks on course to surrender the EU and let Putin take charge. The situation, which can be linked to that of Ukraine, which signed the agreement with EU in 2014, only to see Moscow seize Crimea and occupy East Ukraine in response.
Emmanuel Macron, who was seen as a globalist until very recently, has now started to cast in dire spells of nationalism by asking for measures such as involvement of Russia. His biased behavior, which has been linked to next elections in France, is really dangerous considering the prominent rise of Generation Identity Crisis.