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French President Announces Bid To Reinvigorate 'Weakened' EU

Discussion in 'Europe & Russia' started by Vergennes, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. Vergennes

    Vergennes Strategist Staff Member MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a special congress gathering both houses of parliament at the Versailles Palace, near Paris, on July 3.

    French President Emmanuel Macron says he plans to launch "democratic conventions" across Europe in a bid to "refound" the European Union.

    Macron made the announcement on July 3 during a rare joint session of the French parliament in which he called on a "new generation of leaders" to reinvigorate the 28-member bloc.

    "The last decade was a cruel one for Europe," Macron told lawmakers. "We managed crises, but we lost our way."

    "That is why a new generation of leaders must take up the European idea again at its origin, which is essentially political," he added.

    Macron said France and Germany would launch "democratic conventions," in the form of national debates about the EU, across the continent by the end of the year.

    He said that EU leaders need to battle skepticism among the public, which he said was not without merit.

    "I firmly believe in Europe, but I don't find this skepticism unjustified," Macron said, saying the bloc has been "weakened by the spread of bureaucracy."

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    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    We'll have to wait and see what his proposals are and whether the EU listens. My gut feeling is that very little will change.
     
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    It will change but not in the direction you want.
     
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    Or the direction he wants. Let's see if he gets rid of social dumping.
     

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