In Historic Speech, Macron Makes "Radical" Appeal For United Europe, Calls For "Military Intervention Force"

Just two days after the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won a larger-than-expected 13% of the vote in Germany’s federal elections over the weekend - dealing a staggering defeat to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led coalition which suffered its worst electoral showing since 1949 – French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a lesson in contrasts when he gave what the Financial Times described as “the most integrationist speech by a French leader since the creation of the euro.”

Speaking to students at the Sorbonne in Paris, Macron said that "the challenge is vital: the sea walls behind which Europe has thrived have gone,” adding that “we need to trace the only path ensuring our future; it is the refoundation of a sovereign, united and democratic Europe.

In other words, a United States of Europe.

The dissonance between Macron’s words, and the expression of defiance by German voters, who elevated a right-wing party to Parliament for the first time since World War II, is remarkable considering the unprecedented showing of France’s own nationalist party, the Marine Le Pen-led National Front, in parliamentary elections earlier this year, according to the Financial Times.

Put another way, while voters on the continent are expressing serious reservations about further integration, Macron is proposing that the EU develop a joint “military intervention force”, a shared military budget, and a common budget funded by aggregated tax receipts and supervised by a single finance minister, along the lines of what last week's "State of the Union" speech by Jean-Claude Juncker proposed.

“Among the French president’s numerous proposals were the creation of a “military intervention force” and a common military budget by 2020, a European agency to deal with counter-terrorism intelligence and another to drive “radical innovation” in the economy.

Macron also proposed reviving talks about a financial-transaction tax and a stronger carbon-tax mechanism, while also proposing that every student in France learn to speak at least two foreign EU languages. 

In his wide-ranging address, Mr Macron said he wanted to revive talks on the introduction of a financial transaction tax to fund development aid to Africa, sought to introduce a carbon-pricing mechanism and outlined a plan for each youngster to speak at least two foreign EU languages by 2024.

In what was perhaps Macron’s boldest proposal, he pushed for the adoption of pan-European lists of candidates during the next EU parliamentary election, slated for 2019.

He also broke a French taboo by proposing an overhaul of the common agriculture policy and pushed for pan-European lists of candidates for 2019 European parliamentary elections.

 

However, Mr Macron was more restrained on the question of bolstering the eurozone, which had been billed as the centrepiece of his speech, in spite of a disappointing election result for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the historic breakthrough of the rightwing Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany party.

And while Macron has, in the past, expressed support for a shared eurozone budget – a policy goal that is vehemently opposed by politicians in Germany, the eurozone’s largest constituent economy – he stopped short of calling for one in Tuesday’s speech.

He did take an implicit swipe at critics in Berlin who have opposed the idea of a significant eurozone budget because it would imply more risk sharing and fiscal transfers, he added: “I have no red lines, I only have horizons.”

 

But he stopped short of laying out specific demand on the eurozone, only reiterating his wish for a common budget funded by corporate tax receipts and supervised by a finance minister.

As the FT notes, Merkel and Macron share a diplomatic relationship, and the German Chancellor has said she would consider “small budget” and a common fund to help weaker economies carry out tough reforms, although in light of the post-election reality in which Merkel will have to share power with vehemently anti-integrationist parties, this now looks like a pipe dream.

As for his own constituents, Macron promised the French people that painful budget cuts to public spending, and more business-friendly labor and welfare laws would be offset by more aid from the EU, which of course is the whole point behind this pinnacle in "globalist" thought: while all can share in the growth, other European nations can also jointly fund France's chronic deficits while also sharing sovereignty, an idea which has zero chance of passing now or for the foreseeable future.

Watch the full speech below:


 

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Manthong Slack Jack Tue, 09/26/2017 - 16:26 Permalink

 
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All the better to crush French labor protesters and Catalonian secessionists……

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Buckaroo Banzai Haus-Targaryen Tue, 09/26/2017 - 17:04 Permalink

Haus, it's an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy that dictates policy from Brussels, and the member states have no choice but to comply. Frankly, it's already a "full authoritarian" communist state, a small untouchable elite running an empire strictly for its own benefit, under color of "democracy".Even the post-Stalin Soviet Union was better than the EU. You got the sense that Kruschev (or Brezhnev, or Andropov, or any of the others) actually cared about the Russian people. The lousy sacks of shit who run the EU have nothing but hatred and contempt for their own people, as they open the gates to Muslim invaders and do nothing as these filthy saracens murder, rape, and terrorize the population.

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Mementoil evoila Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:18 Permalink

The only reason Macron and his likes want a European army is to ensure the steady flow of rapefugees, and to crush any opposition from countries such as Hungary, Poland and the Czech republic to the EU's immigration policy. In other words, this army will be used to fight against the indigenous people of Europe.

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Ouagadoudou BullyBearish Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:44 Permalink

No debt, u r as fine as u ever been. So who's to fall next ? Macron, Gold or Bitcoin ?
No SP for sure. It will rise when all it's components are down. What a beautiful thing of mathematics.
One guy of ZH said we are going hyperinflation if IBM does not drop. Well, it is. Bucket down, get long a place to live, coins, gold and BTC.
Gommant be a fuckin ride to preserve one's health
Cheers

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oDumbo NoDebt Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:02 Permalink

Great idea Macron!  Let's get the new EU army to the shores of Italy post haste!  Those regugees aren't going to rush off the floaties and head for N. Europe without a coordinated EU effort!  A new EU army should really speed up the process.  Lifetime pensions and odumbocare for the first 1 million new EU army recruits!  Things are really coming together now, thanks Macron!

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fockewulf190 NoDebt Tue, 09/26/2017 - 19:32 Permalink

It's all bullshit when you have Dragi printing 60 billion euros a month out of thin air (who knows what the real number is behind the curtain) just to keep this shitshow from utterly imploding. One month without the fiscal heroin and it all collapses. This Macron dude is supposedly the second most powerful national figurehead within the EU and he dares not mention a word about the most serious problem facing the EU...it's living beyond it's means and is heading towards an impending bankruptcy.

This head in the fucking sand phenomenon is happening everywhere...the US, most of the EU, Japan, China, and many others. There is no way in hell the leaders of these countries cannot know what is truly going on. They are all committing financial genocide.

I said it before and I'll say it again. It's like they know a giant asteroid is on the way and their just keeping everyone passive and dumb until it hits. Either that or they come out and play the alien card. It doesn't make any fucking sense otherwise.

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lincolnsteffens Shadow1275 Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:06 Permalink

The only thing Sovereign that Macron has in mind is a Sovereign Government protected from the democratic opinion poll AKA voting by the subjects of the Sovereign government.What it amounts to is you have a right to vote  expressing  your opinion and delegate your power of attorney to your representative who knows better than you how to run your life.

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chubbar Mike Masr Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:50 Permalink

The people of the EU have already witnessed how the little titheads in Brussels intend to govern a US of Europe and are having none of that shit. The trend is away from globalism and towards smaller sovereign states that are more reflective of the populace therein. Macron and the rest of those assholes are completely out of their minds to think that the people can't see what complete liars and power hungry whores they are.

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OverTheHedge NoDebt Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:18 Permalink

The UK was the main brake on this sort of nonsense. Now that Brexit is in the bag, statists are manoeuvring to create their empires. Integrated budget, EU bonds, EU military, and EU taxes. Perfect. Can't think why the UK left.Lots of money will change hands, lots of new bureaucrats will have shiny new jobs and pensions, and the great unwashed masses will be poorer. Probably there won't be any transfer payments for poorer sections (i.e. not Germany), so eventually the thing will erupt into revolt and civil war, but that might be generations away.Here's hoping that the current peripheral politicians are marginally more nationalist than the core idiots, or we are all doomed. Well, all Europeans, anyway. The rest of you have your own worries.

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