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:


 

Comments

aliens is here Sep 26, 2017 2:51 PM Permalink

Yes United Europe with capital in Berlin and Adolf Merkel in charge of all EU with German as a common language. Hilter's dream. Down vote makes you a Nazi sympathizer.

Mike Masr Big Creek Rising Sep 26, 2017 3:03 PM Permalink

Citizens of the EU better start learning now how to speak Arabic or Turkish. They also need to learn now how to obey Sharia Law, swear by the beard, cook good halal meals for Islamic guests and how to properly hand over their pretty young women and children to maggot perverts. They also need to  be ready to pay Jizya taxes on time and with a big smile on their faces or they will get beheaded. Eventually these are all things that obedient infidels will be required to do in Europe. And they better not forget what Merkel told them about Islam being peaceful, loving and above all tolerant!  

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BritBob Sep 26, 2017 2:48 PM Permalink

 The EU is like the Eurovision Song ContestThe ESC is often viewed as a driver of changing conceptions and realities of Europe and Europeaness since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is also important to note that the contest itself is framed as a contest between nations (not of particular singers). The contest is a symbolic contact zone between European cultures (Fricker and Gluhovic, 2013:3). However, this never happens without problems. Each year the debate about politics of the contest reoccurs. Many viewers wonder – ‘Is Eurovision still about the music?’ (Perhaps- was it ever about the music?) Both are long past their sell-by date.

RagnarRedux Mena Arkansas Sep 26, 2017 3:07 PM Permalink

Well, former French President (((Nicolas Sarkozy))) did his part to destroy Europeans.Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Calls For Whites To Be Forced To Breed With Non-Whiteshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDaKFE_J_ughttps://www.youtube.com/watc…With Open Gates: The Forced Collective Suicide Of European Nations (Original Audio)https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=cb0_1447249820

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. . . _ _ _ . . . Sep 26, 2017 2:56 PM Permalink

"...the refoundation of a sovereign, united and democratic Europe."Which means the defoundation of sovereign and democratic European states.(Democratic refers only to the system, not to who the voters will be. The people have just lost control of their own governments to the unelected politicians, the banks, the lawyers, the lobbyists, the military, and to the NGOs and corporations. They have just lost the right to vote for their own leaders, and they do not see it.)

BGO Sep 26, 2017 2:56 PM Permalink

Interesting story. Of course, Napolean's ultimate goal was to create a unified Europe. Must be something in the water. In France.

shimmy Sep 26, 2017 2:57 PM Permalink

So all those European countries were surviving just fine on their own but now they have to be part of this shit that isn't even working. Gotcha. Congrats to the Frenchies who voted in this guy. I am sure they are on their own message boards just ranting and raving, oblivious that they put him in power.Maybe they aren't like Americans and actually take responsibility for their own shit...probably not.

ogretown Sep 26, 2017 3:03 PM Permalink

If this is indeed the scenario, it would behoove Terdogan to *immediately* distance himself from NATO and the EU and cut a deal with Russia.  More enlightened countries such as Hungary should also try to get something going with Russia.  But I suppose on a more positive note, if the EU wants to create its own gestapo style military then if they do decide to risk a war with Russia, Putin might be able to knock this single force out of war early and swallow the broken EU states whole - that is if he even wants them.

gogobuffalo Sep 26, 2017 3:03 PM Permalink

If the United States was more like the EUROZONE, we would be prosperous beyond imagination.

Everyone would have the right to their own house, car, healthcare, and a well-paying job full of dignity.

Why do conservatives oppose rights to housing and healthcare? Do you like to see the homeless and sick suffer?

Let's come together for common sense reform.

OverTheHedge exartizo Sep 26, 2017 3:34 PM Permalink

Serious question: if you add your healthcare costs to your total tax payment, do you pay more or less than 50%of your salary?I only ask this because some of the numbers I have seen for US family healthcare costs equate to more than an annual salary in European terms. You guys may get paid more, but you seem to be taxed quite a lot more, too. European taxes include healthcare, so make sure you are comparing like!e for like.Oh, and all those homeless people living under bridges in the US: is that a better use of resources than providing them with homes, basic incomes and basic healthcare? Not saying there aren't homeless people in Europe, and each country is different, but you have to work hard (or live in Greece) to suffer the abject poverty that seems to be an everyday occurrence in the US.

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