EU Commission Backs Macron's Push for European Renewal

EU Commission Backs Macron's Push for European Renewal

Some officials said that while becoming Europe's main leader was undoubtedly appealing for Macron, his immediate aim was to set out reforms that might help him repeat his success in France's 2017 presidential election, when he ran on a pro-European agenda.

According to the prime minister, EU citizens will have to choose during the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, set to take place on May 23-26, whether they want to divide Europe or have a Europe that will protect their interests.

But Macron also called for a "European social shield for all workers, east to west and north to south, guaranteeing the same pay in the same workplace, and a minimum European wage".

The European Commission is welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron's appeal for a "European renaissance", though it says it has already been working for years on numerous ideas he raised.

"The German government supports engaged discussions about the direction of the European Union", said a spokesman for the government in Germany, the EU's biggest member state.

"We can not wait for the renaissance of Europe - the renaissance of Europe must start now".

Macron launched the idea of a major conference for European reforms by the end of the year.

"Who told the British the truth about their post-Brexit future?" wonders Macron "The withdrawal into nationalism goes nowhere". Macron said. "Who spoke to them about losing access to the European market".

"Never since the Second World War has Europe been so necessary".

"This could mark the beginning of a serious European debate".

But with populism on the rise across Europe, and several member states now led by right-wing Euroskeptic parties, it's unlikely that Macron's bold plea will have quite the influence he intended.

His proposals included the creation of a European agency which would provide experts to protect the voting process of each member state from cyber attacks and manipulations. He calls for "stringent border controls", as well as "a common border force and a European asylum office, strict control obligations and European solidarity to which each country will contribute under the authority of a European Council for Internal Security".

The establishment of the European Agency for the Protection of Democracies.

Backing also came from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a strong critic of the European Union though his country is a member state.

"In this new Europe, the United Kingdom, I am sure will find its true place". When then-U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher warned years ago that the growing European superstate threatened Britain's national sovereignty, the globalists in her own country swiftly removed her. Globalists such as Emmanuel Macron do not like anyone who stands in the way of their plans of global integration.

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